An Egg Harbor Township man was indicted on vehicular homicide charges in connection with a hit-and-run involving a teenage boy.
A grand jury indicted William Michael Simkins, 31, on Tuesday on second-degree charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and a third-degree charge of endangering an injured victim. He was arrested Wednesday and bail was set at $100,000, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said.
Jacob Broschard, 16, and two other teens were riding bicycles on Royal Avenue and Jerome Avenue in the Scullville section of the township at about 2 a.m. Sept. 6. Simkins allegedly struck and killed Broschard and continued driving on to Robert Best Road without stopping to check on the victim or administer aid, said Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton, who presented the case to the grand jury.
Police arrested Simkins about two hours after the incident when he turned himself in at the station. He was charged then with motor vehicle violations, including reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. He remained in jail on $50,000 bail for two days.
A second-degree crime carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of as much as $150,000. A third-degree crime carries a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of as much $15,000, the Prosecutor's Office said.
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