By Katie Zeck
A Mercer County grand jury has indicted former Rider sophomore Laura Gallagher, 19, and Marie Jean, 52, on vehicular homicide charges in connection with the death of a pedestrian in October.
The two-count indictment was handed up on Feb. 24.
Gallagher was arrested and charged with death by auto and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident after turning herself in to authorities on Nov. 3. Jean was arrested on the same charges days later.
Carl Wilkins, 54, of Trenton, was allegedly hit first by Gallagher’s Jeep and then Jean’s BMW, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
The two charges are both second-degree crimes that carry a penalty of five to 10 years in state prison, Casey DiBlasio, a spokesperson for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, said.
Trial dates have not yet been set for either suspect.
Calls made to Gallagher’s lawyer were not returned.
Wilkins was hit while walking across Parkside Avenue near Ives Avenue in Ewing before 10:40 p.m., on Oct. 28, 2011.
Both Gallagher, a former player on Rider’s softball team, and Jean fled the scene of the accident, police said. Ewing police denied a request by The Rider News for a copy of the accident report.
Gallagher and Jean posted bail in November. Gallagher was released on $250,000, Jean on $150,000.