Grand jury indicts North Bergen woman on charges she fatally struck cyclist
February 9, 2015, 2:34 PM Last updated: Monday, February 9, 2015, 2:39 PM
By KIBRET MARKOS
Staff Writer |
A Bergen County grand jury indicted a North Bergen woman on Monday on charges that she fatally struck a bicyclist in Edgewater last year while driving drunk.
Siobhan Stokley, 40, was arrested after a crash in which she is accused of hitting 61-year-old Tony Tyson of Jersey City with her 2007 Hummer H2 while he was riding his bike along River Road. The crash occurred around 11 p.m. on May 9, 2014, while Tyson was riding his bike in the right lane, authorities said.
Authorities said Tyson was hit from the back and thrown to the pavement, and suffered injuries that left him in critical condition at the Hackensack University Medical Center. Stokley was arrested at the scene and charged with drunk driving and assault by auto, but the charge was upgraded to death by auto when Tyson died two days later.
The indictment returned Monday charges Stokley with one count of death by auto, a second-degree offense that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.