Mays Landing man convicted of vehicular homicide in 2012 DWI crash

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MAYS LANDING – A Mays Landing man was convicted Wednesday, July 16, of vehicular homicide for a 2012 DWI crash that claimed the life of his passenger, who was ejected and killed when the vehicle overturned.

Michael T. McMunn, Jr. was found guilty following a jury trial, even though his lawyer argued that he was not the driver that night.

It was 3:25 a.m. on July 2, 2012, when Hamilton Township Police, Township of Hamilton Rescue, the Cologne Volunteer Fire Company and AtlantiCare Paramedics responded to Leipzig Avenue near Atlantic City Race Course for a one-car accident involving an overturned vehicle, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain.

An investigation determined that McMunn, then 20 of Mays Landing, had lost control of the 1993 Jeep he was operating, causing it to overturn before coming to rest on the shoulder of the roadway.

His only passenger, Richard Kisby, Jr., 21, of Estell Manor, was ejected, and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. McMunn was transported by helicopter to the AtlantiCare Medical Center, City Campus, where he was treated for serious injuries.

McMunn was arrested on Aug. 8, 2012, and charged with vehicular homicide for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and operating it in a reckless manner that resulted in a fatal motor vehicle accident following an investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Collisions Unit and the Hamilton Township Police Department.

He was lodged in the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail. He later posted bail, and was released pending court.

On Feb. 21, 2013, an Atlantic County grand jury indicted McMunn for one count of vehicular homicide – a second-degree crime. A second-degree criminal conviction carries a potential penalty of incarceration in New Jersey state prison for five to 10 years.

On July 16, after a seven-day trial before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor, an Atlantic County jury found McMunn guilty, even though the defense argued that the driver was not McMunn, but rather the dead victim, Richard Kisby.

The state presented physical and testimonial evidence, including McMunn’s own admissions to police and an EMS provider at the accident scene and at the hospital that placed Kisby in the passenger seat, and McMunn behind the wheel.

Judge Connor continued McMunn’s release on bail pending sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 17, 2014.

 


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