Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, and Readington Township Police Chief Sebastian Donaruma are announcing that an investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash has resulted in charges.
According to Prosecutor Kearns, “Frank Cabezas, age 25, of Whitehouse Station was operating a Ford Explorer traveling south on Rt. 523 at approximately 2:45 PM yesterday. The investigation revealed that Mr. Cabezas struck an oncoming Toyota Camry occupied by five family members, two of which died. Mr. Cabezas was charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Death by Auto, three counts of 4th Degree Assault by Auto, Reckless Driving, and Driving Under the Influence. He was not injured in the crash. Bail was set at $250,000 by the Honorable Bruce Jones, J.S.C. and he was lodged in the Somerset County Jail awaiting a first court appearance.”
The Prosecutor added, “The vehicle that Mr. Cabezas struck was occupied by Frank Corso, 79, and his wife, Audrey Corso, 75, both of Flemington. Mr. & Mrs. Corso did not survive the crash. Their son, Gregory Corso, age 43, of Budd Lake, was taken by ambulance to Morristown Medical Center with minor injuries. His son Matthew Corso, age 5, was seated in a rear booster seat and was taken to Morristown Medical Center and subsequently released. His sister, Marissa Corso, age 10, was flown by North Star to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick with a possible broken femur.”
The Prosecutor concluded, “This is a terrible tragedy that changed the lives of this family in a split second as they returned home from an Easter egg hunt. We offer our sincerest condolences to the Corso family.”
The filing of criminal charges is just a step in the criminal justice process. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.