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Driver in Howell Fatal Crash Charged with Vehicular Homicide

The driver in Howell car crash that left a passenger dead in June could be sent away for up to 10 years if convicted of vehicular homicide.

Jacob Cannizzaro, 21, of Howell, faces the second-degree charge as well as a third-degree count of assault by auto in connection with the death of Mark Chilton, 22, of Freehold. The third-degree charge carries a sentence of up to five years on conviction.

Authorities say Chilton died at the scene when the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Cannizzaro careened off Fort Plains Road and slammed a tree around 11:27 PM on June 14. Another rider, Angelo Capasso, 21, also of Howell, survived and was hospitalized.

At the time, Cannizzaro was given several driving-infraction summonses including tickets for speeding and driving while intoxicated.

He posted $100,000 bail set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis Vernoia, and surrendered his driver’s license as a condition of bail.

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