Street racer charged in hit-and-run death of high school vice principal

Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset, was killed Saturday night while walking from the Edison train station to a relative's house, officials said.
A man who officials said was street racing was arrested Thursday in the hit-and-run death of a New Brunswick High School vice principal.
Freddy Garcia, 21, of Piscataway, was charged with aggravated manslaughter, causing death while driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a death and other offenses, according to a release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset, was walking from the Edison train station to a relative's house at 9:17 p.m.
on Saturday when he was struck by Garcia after he lost control of his 2003 Honda Accord while street racing with "multiple" other vehicles, the prosecutor's office said.
Garcia abandoned the car and ran away, and later falsely reported that his Honda, which was not registered or insured, was stolen, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in the release.
"We sincerely thank all who came forward with timely information which aided the investigation and led to the current charges," Carey said.
"We are continuing to gather evidence of this reckless criminal activity.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of Mr.
Harrison's loved ones."   Garcia was also issued 12 motor vehicle summonses including reckless driving and racing on a highway.
He was scheduled to appear in New Brunswick via video for first court appearance on Friday.
Anyone with information on the investigation was asked to call Piscataway Police Officer Meredith Robbins at 732-262-7652 or Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Det.
Jonathan Berman at 732-745-4328.
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