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Driver Indicted in Hit and Run, Head-On Crash That Killed Toms River Woman

Abel Hernandez-Betancourt, 28, faces charges of vehicular homicide, knowingly leaving the scene in fatal crash

The Lakewood driver who allegedly left the scene of a fatal head-on collision on Route 70 in December, killing a Toms River woman, has been indicted on a charge of vehicular homicide by an Ocean County grand jury.

Abel Hernandez-Betancourt, 28, of Lakewood was indicted last week on two counts in the Dec. 17 crash that killed Jean McCarthy, 71, of Toms River, and seriously injured her husband, Edward McCarthy, 74. He faces one count of vehicular homicide on the charge of driving while intoxicated and causing Jean McCarthy's death, and one count of knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death.

According at the time, Jean McCarthy was being driven home by her husband after a prior minor accident at Routes 9 and 70, where she hit the rear of a car driven by a 73-year-old Manchester woman who was slowing in traffic. The McCarthys had just left the scene of that accident when their car was hit head-on by the van driven by Hernandez-Betancourt, who was turning left from Route 70 onto Massachusetts Avenue, police said at the time.

After the crash, Hernandez-Betancourt allegedly got out of the van and ran away from the scene. He was tracked down less than an hour later on Massachusetts Avenue and arrested, police said.

The McCarthys were less than a mile from their home at the time of the crash. Edward McCarthy spent several days in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

Hernandez-Betancourt remains in the Ocean County Jail, Toms River, on $175,000 bail, no 10 percent option. He also is being held on a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement due to his illegal status, according to police. He also was ordered not to have any contact with Jean McCarthy's family.

Chris July 19, 2012 at 01:04 PM
If he wasnt here illegally...Mrs McCarthy could still be with her family. My heart goes out to them....but now he is just another burden on our system...
CHANGE_TR July 19, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I agree...he shouldn't have been here in the first place..probably no license, no insurance..all he will do now is cost us more money That poor family should not be dealing with this right now
Zodiac July 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Another illegal alien that doesnt belong here. Thanks Obama! This one actually killed one of our citizens, and ran away like the scumbag he is.
Toms River resident July 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
this one doesn't work for the govt so he gets charged the one in bricktown works for the town of brick so its okay to drive drunk and kill somebody laws should apply equally to all
Nancy July 19, 2012 at 03:08 PM
He should be booted from the USA and sentenced to jail time in his own country. Let's toughen up America!
Jack July 19, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Let hear it from all the morons who support Obama and his look the other way immigration policy on illegals ! One more law abiding citizen killed by a law breaker here abusing our laws .
suz July 19, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I agree! Where are all the Obama lovers now? Vote him OUT in November!!!
John Hayes July 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Thank goodness he only intoxicated, not texting while driving. That's a lot worse. (No, I'm not serious.)
thirdgenerationff July 19, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Personally i think the contractor who's van he was driving should be charged as well for facilitation. Seeing as how it was his van used in commission of the acts.
Kris July 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Please!! there are just as much drunk driving americans as there is drunk driving illegals...
bayway mike July 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
His lawyer will state that this SCUM cannot get a fair trial because he could not get a jury of his peers (more illegal aliens). We all know that when he is deported, that he'll be back with-in 3 or 4 weeks..
Chris July 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Its very sad that we AMERICANS have to suffer for all the illegal aliens that come to our beautiful country and abuse the system and our hard earning dollars.. I say send them all back illegal or not. Please vote OBAMA out, he did nothing but damage our country.
The Mallet July 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Anyone who employs (facilitates) an ILLEGAL immigrant should be held accountable for any harm they cause. Why don't we put a bounty on illegals ? Let private industry solve the problem !
Tracy July 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Let's not blame Obama; there have been alot of illegals in this area way before he was in office and I am sure there will be more after he's out.
Tracy July 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I AGREE!
skizma July 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM
toooo many illegals. damn it should stop. we DON'T need someone elses trash. Another and another and another.....how about the guy on philly.....from Puerto Rico....tried to abduct a 10 yr old right off the street in daylight....had trouble there....so he comes here???? We are weak, pathetically weak and won't stop this crap. No reason for it. Mexico is troubled and trouble. Until it straightens out it's act.....block them and ALLOW the boarder states to oversee them too with their OWN laws. The FED government obviously is NOT doing anything about it.
Howard M. Syvarth July 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
skizma..Puerto Rico is part of rhis country...ignorance must be so blissful in yourworld.
Howard M. Syvarth July 20, 2012 at 02:55 PM
For those of you of european decent, just remember the bigotry and hate that they faced. Shame on you for turning this horrific accident into a racist rant. Remember your faith...let he who has no sin cast the first stone.
Matthew abramson September 08, 2012 at 02:33 PM
This was my grandmother :'(
Patty September 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
My sincere condolances to you and your family Matthew......everyone out there, no matter what your agenda is, CAN'T BE CAREFUL ENOUGH when driving !!!!!!....everyday I see sooooo many drivers doing the wrong thing, it's become very scary......
Richmusak September 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM
This country is making me sick! Not ONE politician has the.......guts.......to say enough is enough when it comes to immigration! Might as well get rid of the INS! Where are they??? We can save money too. Shame, America. The world laughs at us.
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