The 22-year-old Piscataway man charged in the death of a New Brunswick High School vice principal pleaded guilty on Friday, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Freddy Garcia pleaded guilty to five charges including vehicular homicide and hindering his own apprehension, authorities said.
New Brunswick High School Vice Principal Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset was killed on Oct. 6, 2018, when he was hit while walking on Stelton Road near Ethel Avenue in Piscataway. Harrison had walked from the Edison Train Station heading to a relative’s house when the accident happened around 9:17 p.m.
Police allege that Garcia and other drivers were illegally street racing on Stelton Road. They’ve maintained that it was Garcia, driving a 2003 Honda Accord, lost control of the vehicle and hit Harrison, who died from his injuries.
Garcia then fled the scene, police said, and later reported that his car, which was not registered, was stolen.
Garcia faces 13 years in prison but is eligible for parole after 8 1/2 years, according to the plea agreement. He will also lose his license for three years after he is released.
Garcia’s sentencing is Aug. 23 in front of New Brunswick Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus.