New Jersey man pleads guilty in fatal vehicular crash case

Posted 5/11/22

Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan Galligan announced that James Greco, 52, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, pled guilty today, May 11, to felony Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree before County Court Judge Jim Farrell.

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New Jersey man pleads guilty in fatal vehicular crash case

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Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan Galligan announced that James Greco, 52, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, pled guilty today, May 11, 2022, to felony Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree before County Court Judge Jim Farrell.

A Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted Greco for operating a pickup truck on Route 42 in the Town of Fallsburg on May 21, 2021, with oxycodone and fentanyl in his system, crossing a double yellow line and crashing into a vehicle operated by Jose Daniel Roldan-Roldan.

Emergency responders transported Roldan-Roldan to Garnett Catskills Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Greco was transported to and treated at Westchester Medical Center.

The Fallsburg Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office executed search warrants to obtain Greco’s blood and search his vehicle, securing evidence which resulted in Greco’s indictment.

Absent a plea agreement, New York law provides that Greco could be sentenced to as little as a fine or probation for this offense. The plea agreement secured by the District Attorney’s Office today ensures that Greco pled guilty with the understanding that he is going to prison with a maximum term of no less than 5 years and up to 6 years. Sentencing is scheduled for September 8.

Galligan said, “This victim was a hard-working man on his way to a job when the defendant’s decision to take pills and drive stole Jose from his loved ones. While my Office secured a top-count conviction and ensured that this defendant will go to prison for up to six years, this case demonstrates that statutes pertaining to vehicular deaths in our state are inadequate to address the losses suffered by innocent people at the hands of those who improperly operate motor vehicles. We continue to urge our Legislature to give prosecutors the tools we need to take offenders who endanger everyone who lives, works and travels through our communities off the road.”

Galligan thanked Mobile Medic, Hatzalah Ambulance, the South Fallsburg Fire Department, the Fallsburg Police Department and all of the first responders who assisted at the scene, as well as Assistant District Attorney Lisa Bondarenka who prosecuted this case.

Greco is represented by Craig Weiss, Esq.

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