Authorities in New Jersey have arrested two suspects in connection to the recent death of a beloved high school vice principal last week.
Tyrone Harrison, the 49-year-old vice principal of New Brunswick High School, was walking to a relative’s house from the Edison train station when the incident occurred. Just after 9 P.M., Harrison was traversing on Stelton Road nearby Ethel Avenue when a large group of illegal drag racers came speeding down the street.
Police believe that one of the drivers participating in the illegal race lost control of his 2003 Honda Accord. The car collided with Mr. Harrison who was immediately killed upon impact. Authorities suspect that the perpetrator abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene.
After receiving tips from the public, police learned that the racing group, “78 Imports,” had been racing at the scene of the fatal hit-and-run that night. They also tracked down the owner of the abandoned vehicle, 21-year-old Freddy S. Garcia Jr., who claimed that his car had been stolen. After further investigating, police believe Garcia was the driver that night. He has been arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, driving with a suspended license, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and giving false reports to law enforcement.
21-year-old Sohjah Powell-Warner has also been arrested in connection to the events when authorities learned that he intentionally altered the racing group’s Instagram and Facebook posts to prevent police from proving an illegal race was occurring that night. Powell-Warner has been charged with two counts of hindering law enforcement.