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Two teens charged in alleged high-speed race that killed South Brunswick girl in Edison

Two individuals have been charged in connection with a fatal crash that took the life of a South Brunswick teen on Jan. 20.

An investigation by Capt. Dominic Masi of the Edison Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that two vehicles driven by Tyler Dickerson, 18, of South Brunswick, and a male juvenile, 17, were allegedly involved in a high-speed race that resulted in the juvenile crashing his vehicle into a vacant building, killing Diana Somarriba, 18, of South Brunswick, who was the juvenile’s passenger.

As reported last month, authorities had responded to the southbound lane of Route 1 in the area of Fox Road in Edison following the report of a crash around 10:25 p.m. Jan. 20.

Upon their arrival, authorities located Somarriba and two teenage males who were the occupants of a vehicle that had struck a vacant building.

Somarriba was transported to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead, according to the statement.

On Feb. 16, the juvenile was charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department on Feb. 17.

The juvenile was released on conditions following a hearing before the Family Court.

Dickerson was charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated assault. He also was released after a hearing in Superior Court.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information should call Masi at 732-248-7400 or Berman at 732-745-4328.




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