Harrison Allen, driver charged in fatal Maplewood crash, appears in court

The man arrested in connection to a double-fatal crash in Maplewood made an appearance in court today. Harrison Allen, the son of Montclair Fire Chief

Driver charged in fatal Maplewood crash appears in court

Driver charged in fatal Maplewood crash appears in court (8/9/13)

MAPLEWOOD - The man arrested in connection to a double-fatal crash in Maplewood made an appearance in court today.

Harrison Allen, the son of Montclair Fire Chief Kevin Allen, heard the charges against him this morning in an Essex County courtroom. He faces two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated assault by auto. The 20-year-entered a plea of not guilty.

Police say Allen was speeding when he went through a stop sign at around 9 p.m. Tuesday and smashed into another car.

Two Maplewood residents in the second vehicle, 16-year-old Tamir Harry and 21-year-old Kervin Noel, were ejected. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two others in that car, Harry's 20-year-old brother, Tahsir, and 21-year-old Rodney Lovius, are hospitalized in serious condition.

Tamir's father Bevan Harry told News 12 New Jersey he was angered over Allen's bail amount, which is $50,000. Harry says he doesn't think its high enough.

"Two lives are gone. My son's in the hospital fighting for his life. The other family, their son is in the hospital," Bevan Harry says. "$50,000? It's ridiculous."

Harry says his son Tahsir is improving, but does not yet know what happened to his brother.

Allen will eventually face an Essex County grand jury.

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