Jamesburg man pleads guilty in South Brunswick fatal hit-and-run


A Jamesburg man has pleaded guilty for his involvement in a crash resulting in the death of a 25-year-old man who was killed while driving his motorcycle on Aug. 8, 2019.

Peter Prete, 58, the operator of the car, pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 to knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in death in the second degree and hindering his own apprehension in the third degree. Prete also pleaded guilty to a motor vehicle summons for leaving the scene of an accident, according to information provided by Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet.

Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams, Prete will be sentenced to a prison term of 10 years with five years of parole ineligibility for his involvement in the death of Cory Holsten, 25, of the Dayton section of South Brunswick.

In addition, Prete will be subject to a one-year loss of license upon his release from prison.

Prete was charged as a result of an investigation by Patrolman William Merkler of the South Brunswick Police Department, and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation determined that on Aug. 8, 2019, at approximately 8:50 p.m, Prete was driving a 2004 Jeep Wrangler when he was involved in a crash with the motorcycle driven by the victim; he then fled the scene. Holsten was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the crash, according to the statement.

Prete is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Andrea G. Carter on May 14.