Bayville Woman Indicted in Fatal Howell Crash
Freehold resident killed in January accident
A Monmouth County grand jury recently indicted Bilgye Santamaria, 34, of Bayville for her role in a fatal crash at the intersection of Route 9 and Strickland Road last January.
Santamaria faces charges of second-degree vehicular homicide and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Santamaria was determined to be driving more than 30 miles per hour above the speed limit on Route 9 South on the evening of Jan. 13, according to an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit, the Howell Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team.
Santamaria reportedly ran the red light at the intersection with Strickland Road and hit a car being driven by 26-year-old Eileen Figueroa of Freehold. Figueroa was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead the following morning, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
Santamaria had three young passengers in the car ranging from six to 10 years old at the time of the crash. Two of the children sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Santamaria was taken to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution after she was arrested on Nov. 20, where she was being held in lieu of $100 thousand bail set by Judge Lawrence M. Lawson.
The case was assigned to Assistant Prosecutor Michael J. Costanzo and no lawyer has been listed yet for Santamaria.
The second-degree vehicular homicide charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and is subject to the No Early Release Act. The act means people convicted have to serve 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole. Third-degree endangering the welfare of a child carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.