Harrison Allen, 20, arrested in double-fatal Maplewood crash

Authorities say that a 20-year-old man was arrested after a double-fatal crash Tuesday in Maplewood.

Authorities say that a 20-year-old man was arrested after a double-fatal crash Tuesday in Maplewood. (8/7/13)

MAPLEWOOD - Authorities say that a 20-year-old man was arrested after a double-fatal crash Tuesday in Maplewood.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says Harrison Allen, the 20-year-old son of Monclair Fire Chief Kevin Allen, has been arrested and charged in the crash that left two dead and three injured.

"This tragic incident was not a tragic accident," Murray says.

Harrison Allen, who was allegedly driving drunk, has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated assault by auto. All four charges are considered felonies. Allen also faces several other motor vehicle offenses.

Tamir Harry, 16, and Kervin Noel, 21, were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Two others traveling in a 2001 Nissan Sentra were injured in the crash. Tahsir Harry, 20, and Rodney Lovius, 21, had to be extricated from the vehicle. They are in serious condition at University Hospital in Newark. All four victims are from Maplewood.

Police say Allen was traveling alone at a high rate of speed and through stop signs in a 2013 Chrysler 200 at around 9 p.m. Investigators say the Nissan was t-boned near the intersection of South Fourth Street and Essex Avenue, which is a residential area.

The prosecutor has not revealed how fast Allen was traveling or what his blood alcohol level was at the time of the accident.

Allen was treated at a hospital and released into police custody. Bail has been set at $50,000.
 

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