Charges Upgraded for Driver in LEH Crash

Gianna Palmieri, 16, died previous week from injuries she sustained in a Jan. 30 car or truck crash in Small Egg Harbor. (Image resource: GoFundMe)
Costs have been upgraded for the 26-12 months-aged Manahawkin man who brought on a two-auto crash in Small Egg Harbor on Saturday, Jan. 30 that eventually killed Gianna Palmieri, 16, and significantly injured Kaitlyn Edwards, 18.
Michael Pillarella is now struggling with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide just after Palmieri died from her accidents at Jersey Shore University Health-related Centre in Neptune on Tuesday, Feb. 9. At first he was charged with aggravated assault and assault by automobile, which continue to stand as they relate to Edwards, reportedly still in essential situation.
Palmieri would have turned 17 on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Pillarella was driving his Hyundai Elantra at about 74 miles per hour on Radio Street in Minor Egg Harbor when he overshot a bend and collided head on with a Toyota XB containing the two teenager ladies on their way to get frozen yogurt. Edwards was driving. The teens had been airlifted to Jersey Shore Pillarella was airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Clinical Middle Trauma Centre in Atlantic City.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer called it “an unspeakable tragedy.”
“This is just about every parent’s worst nightmare,” he explained. “Our ideas and prayers are with the household and pals of both of those of these young ladies. The driver must have been celebrating her birthday previous weekend alternatively she was battling for her everyday living in the healthcare facility. The passenger that handed absent this evening should have been celebrating her birthday this upcoming weekend.”
The ladies have been the two Pinelands Regional Higher School students and worked collectively at the Tuckerton Acme, according to a GoFundMe set up to support Palmieri’s family members that has elevated virtually $10,000.
An investigation was operate by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office environment Vehicular Murder Device and Minor Egg Harbor law enforcement. A lookup warrant was attained for a draw of Pillarella’s blood laboratory results are nonetheless pending.
Pillarella was taken care of and introduced from the healthcare facility, then charged, and has remained jailed since his arrest.
The administrative workforce at Pinelands Regional University District is giving counseling solutions to students in response to the accident. A GoFundMe campaign referred to as “Kaitlyn’s Road to Recovery” has arrived at just about $15,000.  —V.F.

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