An 18-year-old graduate of Robbinsville High School has been charged in the April 19 crash that killed Robbinsville Schools Superintendent Steven Mayer and his dog, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced today.
The 18-year-old girl who hit Mayer was using a cell phone while driving and was rushing to school because she was late for a field trip. The superintendent was jogging with his dog near the school just after 6 a.m. when they were fatally struck. The teen left the scene, knowing she hit someone, police said.
The teen, whose name is being withheld because she was a juvenile at the time of the offense, has been charged with death by auto and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, both second-degree offenses. She was also issued citations charging her with reckless driving, improper use of a cell phone while driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team and the Robbinsville Township Police Department conducted an investigation of the circumstances related to Mayer’s death, including the review of witness statements and physical evidence, as well as a crash reconstruction, officials said.
The teen will be required to appear in Mercer County Family Court before a judge, however that hearing date has not been determined. Juvenile hearings are not open to the public.