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Freehold Crash Survivor Charged With Vehicular Homicide

The driver who survived a July 2011 car crash in Freehold Township that killed one of her riders is now charged with vehicular homicide.

(Courtesy Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)

Shayna Zalcberg was indicted in a Monmouth County courtroom in Freehold today. She’s also charged with three counts of vehicular assault. Previously, Zalcberg had been charged with driving while intoxicated and various other driving offenses.

Investigators say that Zalcberg had alcohol in her system last July 27 at about 8:30 PM when she lost control of her Honda Civic on Throckmorton Street, veering into the path of an oncoming  Honda Pilot driven by Donald Farrell. Farrell’s vehicle struck the passenger side of Zalcberg’s car.

Zalcberg and her passengers, Feliciano Colon and Jose Irizarry, were rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Colon died of his injuries. Irizarry sustained numerous body fractures and punctures and lacerations of his lung, kidney, spleen and liver. Farrell suffered a broken leg.

Vehicular homicide is a second-degree charge that carries a possible prison term of five to10 years. If convicted, Zalcberg would be required to serve at least 85 percent of her sentence under the No Early Release Act. Each vehicular assault count is fourth-degree, with possible prison terms of up to 18 months each.

Zalcberg remains free on $150,000 bail and now awaits arraignment.

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