MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man was sentenced to prison yesterday, in connection with a fatal collision in Atlantic City in 2014 that claimed the life of a Galloway man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On Monday, April 28, 2014, at approximately 3:17 a.m., members of the Atlantic City Police Department, Atlantic City Emergency Medical Services, Atlantic City Fire Department, and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Collision Unit responded to a crash involving two motor vehicles at the intersection of Massachusetts and Grammercy Avenues in Atlantic City.
A car driven by Ishiah L. Monroe, then 22, of the 400 block of North Massachusetts Avenue, Atlantic City, had struck a second vehicle in the intersection. The front-seat passenger of the vehicle Monroe was operating, Nicholas Ingargiola, 24, of Galloway Twp., was pronounced dead at the scene.
Monroe and his rear-seat passenger, Theodore Miller III, 27, of Winchester, VA, were transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Campus, Atlantic City, for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver and sole occupant of the second car, Vong Doan, 51, of Atlantic City, was uninjured and declined medical treatment.
On May 28, 2014, Monroe was charged with vehicular homicide, a 2nd degree crime, for recklessly causing the death of Nicholas Ingargiola by operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, driving the wrong way down a one-way street, disregarding a red traffic light, and crashing into another vehicle.
Monroe surrendered himself to Detectives at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office the next morning, where he was taken into custody. Monroe was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Mark H. Sandson.
Monroe pled guilty to vehicular homicide before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury on November 16, 2015.
Yesterday afternoon, January 29, 2016, pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement, Judge DeLury sentenced Monroe to 6 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Monroe must serve 85% of the prison sentence—5 years, 1 month, and 6 days—before becoming eligible for parole.
Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represented the State in the case.
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