New Jersey Man Charged With DWI After Crash Which Caused Fathers Death

FREEHOLD – On Monday, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced that 35-year-old Andrew Halder has been charged with vehicular homicide and other offenses in relation to an accident that happened on 30th of August and left the driver’s father dead.

Halder was behind the wheel of a 2007 Mini Cooper in which his father, Gary Halder, was also traveling; the accident happened at about 3 p.m. They were returning from a local golf club where they played a round of golf after which they got involved in an accident that took his father’s life.

Investigation of the accident was done by Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Colts Neck Police Department when they came to know that after leaving the club, Andrew Halder tried to drive the vehicle onto Route 18 North from 537 West in Colts Neck but when he entered the ramp to Route 18, the vehicle hit the curb and then it flipped, rolled over and Gary Halder was thrown out of the vehicle.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the investigation also revealed that Andrew Halder’s BAC level was more than .08 percent, the legal limit allowed for driving in New Jersey.

He was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where he died as he sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident.

He was taken into custody on Monday and charged with:

  • 1 count of second-degree vehicular homicide
  • Motor vehicle violations of reckless driving
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Displaying a fictitious inspection sticker

His bond was set at $100,000 by the Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen. He was released from custody after posting bond.

If convicted of vehicular homicide, he will have to serve 10 years in a New Jersey state prison, under the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” which will require him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.

James P. Patuto of Hackensack was hired by Halder who will represent him. The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle.