Toms River Teen Charged with Vehicular Homicide
Bail is set at $75,000 for the Toms River 18-year-old who survived a hair-raising February car crash that killed his passenger.
Connor Hanifin was charged with vehicular homicide today by the office of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, for the crash that took place in the small hours of February 8 near a cul-de-sac on Yellow Bank Road.
Francis Duddy, 19, of Toms River, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ocean County Medical Examiner.
According to Coronato’s office, Hanifin accepted the complaint today at the Toms River Police Department, where he was processed for a Galloway Township traffic warrant.
Hanifin’s bail, set by Ocean County Superior Court Judge Wendel Daniels, offered no release on payment of 10 percent. However, prosecutors said they expected him to pay the full amount and await court proceedings.
Hanifin is being represented by Toms River attorney Steven Seacare, authorities said.
Investigators reported finding the Honda Civic at about 1:36 AM pinned vertically against a stand of trees, nose down, with driver and passenger trapped inside, authorities said. Hanifin was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
Open alcohol containers were found in the car, authorities said. Hanifin’s blood sample was determined to contain an alcohol level beyond the legal limit of .08, investigators said.