Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that two people were killed in fatal motor vehicle incidents in Newark over the weekend.
“The number of pedestrians and motorists on our streets is increasing everyday; it is critical that we take proactive measures to prevent and reduce tragedies like these on our roadways. We will continue to reinforce the importance of pedestrians and strict enforcements on those drivers who violate the law,’’ said Acting Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio.
At approximately 3:22 a.m., on Saturday June 25, Danny Bynum, 43, of Newark was struck and killed in the vicinity of Madison and South 16th Street by a black Mazda traveling at a high rate of speed.
Towanna Glanton, 18, of Newark has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Mr. Bynum. Bail was set at $200,000 by the Honorable Michael Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court.
Previously released information indicated that the passenger in the car Lashawna Cox, 22, of Newark was also charged. That information was incorrect. No charges were filed against Cox.
Cox and Glanton were coming from a night club at the time of the collision. In addition to vehicular homicide, Glanton was also charged with driving while intoxicated.
Later that same day Malik Mohammad, 49, of Irvington was also struck and killed. That incident occurred in the vicinity of South Orange Avenue and South 11th Street in Newark.
The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle that struck Mr. Mohammad was a stolen pick up truck. No arrests have been made in that case.
Both incidents remain under investigation. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.