Driver Charged in Death of Bloomfield Teen
Driver of Camaro that crashed into Honda, killing beloved Bloomfield High School junior, also hit with aggravated assault by auto charge
A Bloomfield man has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of 16-year-old Christina Lembo, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday.
Nicholas M. Camasco, 23, was the driver of a 2000 Chevy Camaro when it collided with a 2007 Honda Civic at 11:10 p.m. Sept. 29, killing Lembo, who was sitting in the backseat of the Civic. She was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Newark a short time later.
Both cars had been traveling on Broughton Avenue in Bloomfield at the time.
Four others – two occupants in the Civic and two in the Camaro – sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Camasco was also charged with aggravated assault by auto. He turned himself in Thursday and is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail set by Judge Peter J. Vazquez.
"As the investigation progressed, facts were developed that warranted the filing of charges," said Chief Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly in a press release.
The case will be heard before a grand jury and an investigation remains active and ongoing.
The arrest comes nearly one week after Lembo, a junior at Bloomfield High School and well-liked varsity soccer player, was laid to rest in a tearful funeral mass attended by nearly 1,000 people. Her death has rocked the entire Bloomfield community, which held a moving candlelight vigil in her honor just a day after the fatal accident.