Man Charged in Connection with October 2019 Crash on Route 80 Resulting in Three Fatalities

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Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Patrick J. Callahan announce that Miguel Botero, age 28, of Dumont, New Jersey, has been charged in connection with a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in Parsippany-Troy Hills on October 18, 2019.

It is alleged that Botero was the driver of a motor vehicle involved in a multi-vehicle motor vehicle crash that occurred in the area of mile post 45.2 on Route 80 Eastbound in Parsippany-Troy Hills. It is alleged that Botero was operating his vehicle against the direction of travel at the time of the crash. It is further alleged that Botero was operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. The driver and two (2) passengers in another vehicle died as a result of the crash. At this time, the identities of these individuals will not be released.

According to Advance Media: Botero was driving a grey Jeep Grand Cherokee east on Route 80 in Parsippany-Troy Hills around 1:45 a.m. and then pulled a U-turn in the highway and began driving the wrong way, according to a witness statement in an affidavit of probable cause obtained by NJ Advance Media.

The witness then said they saw the Jeep crash with a black sedan, later identified as a black Toyota Corolla, which had three occupants, and then catch fire.

Botero has been charged with three (3) counts of reckless vehicular homicide, crimes of the second degree, in connection with the incident.  He remains in custody pending a court appearance.

Members of the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit contributed to this investigation.

The complaints against Botero are merely accusations. Despite these accusations, this defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable double in a court of law.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at pressinquiry@co.morris.nj.us or 973-829-8159.

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