PITTSGROVE — A teenager who was driving illegally in a crash that killed a 15-year-old passenger this spring now faces criminal charges.
The 16-year-old was charged May 31 with manslaughter and vehicular homicide stemming from the death of Evan D’Anjou, according to state police.
Police were called to the scene on May 4 after a Kia Optima with the two teenagers crashed into a tree near Deer Pen Park at the intersection of McKishen Road and Buck Road in Pittsgrove.
Within two weeks of the accident, an adult was charged with allowing the teenager without a license to use her car, as reported by NJ.com.
Tisha Gargon, 50, of Pittsgrove, has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according to a probable cause affidavit cited in the report.
A criminal complaint said Gargon gave the teenager “permission to access and drive the vehicle” on May 3.
Due to the teenager’s age, the identity has not been released.
D’Anjou was a sophomore at Schalick High School at the time of his death.
He was also “a motocross enthusiast whose love of riding began when he was 4 years old,” according to his obituarywho declared Field of Dreams Motocross Track to be his “home away from home”.
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A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.
If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.
If you plan to bring your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.
Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
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