Prosecutors: man was driving under influence of marijuana when he fatally struck Rutgers student with car
The man who struck a Rutgers student with his car earlier this year was under the influence of marijuana.
Thirty-six-year-old David Stewart has been charged with vehicular homicide in the third degree for being under the influence of marijuana when he struck 19-year-old Cory Aufiero, a Rutgers Business School sophomore, on George Street on Sept. 28. He has also been charged with driving while using a suspended license which resulted in the death of another person, according to a press release from the Middlesex Prosecutor's office.
Stewart was previously issued a summons for driving on a suspended license and received another for driving under the influence of marijuana.
Stewart was driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra traveling west on George Street near Albany and Somerset Streets when he struck Aufiero who lost his footing and stumbled onto the street, according to the press release. He is scheduled to appear in New Brunswick Superior Court for an initial hearing Nov. 15.
Aufiero was actively involved in the greek life community through his engagement with the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, according to a University-wide email from interim Chancellor of Rutgers New Brunswick Christopher J. Molloy earlier this year. He was also the brother of Henry Aufiero, a Rutgers Business School senior.
"On behalf of the entire Rutgers—New Brunswick community, I extend our condolences to his family and friends," Molloy said in the email. "Please keep Cory and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. Out of respect for grieving family members, the university always awaits permission before sending a public condolence,” according to the email.