Keansburg woman on cell phone during 2016 crash may spend a decade in jail
A Keansburg woman is indicted Tuesday for allegedly being on her cell phone when she rear ended a driver, forcing his car to strike a pedestrian crossing a Hazlet street in September 2016.
Alexandra Mansonet, 48, may face up to a decade in prison if convicted of second degree vehicular homicide subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA) which would require her to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole.
Investigators say around 8:20 am on September 28, 2016, Robert Matich, 70, of Keansburg with his son in his 2011 Toyota Corolla with him was heading south on Laurel Avenue near Sixth Street when he slowed down and stopped to allow pedestrians to walk on through at a marked crosswalk.
Mansonet driving in the same direction in a 2000 Mercedes Benz never hit the brakes and rear-ended Matich forcing his car to hit 39-year old Yuwen Wang.
She passed away October 3, 2016 at RWJ-University Medical Center in New Brunswick after succumbing to her injuries.
An investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART) and Hazlet Police Department found that Mansonet was using her cell phone while driving and made no observations of Matich's vehicle.
She remains free pending the resolution of charges and is scheduled to be arraigned on the one count indictment December 4, 2017 before Superior Court Presiding Criminal Judge David A. Bauman.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
More From WOBM: