Drunken driver was nearly 3 times over legal limit and speeding in fatal Jersey City crash: complaint

A woman who had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she slammed into a tractor trailer in Jersey City at 67 miles per hour last month and killed one of her passengers has been charged with aggravated manslaughter.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced the charges against Amanda Rivera, 28, of Staten Island, Tuesday morning after her arrest Monday in the death of Stephanie Weymouth, 31, of Bayonne, on Feb. 3 after the horrific crash on Route 185 near the Linden Avenue East intersection.

The criminal complaint said Rivera’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.215, more than two and half times the legal limit of 0.08. She was also charged with reckless manslaughter and assault by auto.

The complaint also said she was driving 67 miles per hour on the shoulder of the 40-mph roadway just before her 2019 Nissan Sentra struck the rear of a tractor trailer that was parked and unoccupied on Route 185 near the Linden Avenue East intersection at 12:20 a.m.

Rivera, Weymouth and another passenger were taken to Jersey City Medical Center by Emergency Medical Services. Rivera and her front seat passenger, a 27-year-old woman from Old Bridge, were treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Weymouth, who was in the backseat, was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after 1 a.m.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department with the investigation and arrest.

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