Possible Manslaughter Charge For New Jersey Motorist Michael Dalessio

A New Jersey man involved in a head-on crash that took the life of a Windsor woman may soon face trial on a charge of vehicular manslaughter.

Michael Dalessio, 31, appeared in court this month in Warren County, New Jersey, according to The Express-Times.

Hes awaiting a grand jury decision on whether theres evidence to indict him on one count of vehicular manslaughter and six counts of assault by automobile.

Deepa Panchal, 53, of Windsor, was killed in the collision on Dec. 27 in Allamuchy Township, New Jersey.

A post-mortem examination determined that she suffered a fatal head injury.

Also hurt in the crash were six of Panchals family members and relatives. Some of the personal injuries included a broken collarbone, broken ribs, fractured pelvis and spine, a punctured lung, lacerated organs, a chest contusion and a fractured toe.

The Panchals were in a southbound Toyota Sienna minivan. Dalessio was northbound in a 2001 black Acura.

According to police, Dalessio attempted to make a left-hand turn without yielding right of way.

The resulting collision sent both vehicles spinning.

Dalessio suffered a fractured leg, an injured wrist, and head trauma.

The Express-Times reports that Dalessio had a blood alcohol reading of 0.18 at the time of the crash more than twice the legal limit.

Bail for Dalessio was set at $125,000. He was originally sent to Warren County jail, but the Express-Times reports he is no longer being held there.

Deepa Panchal had been visiting relatives in Mansfield Township, New Jersey.  She was a member of Windsors Hindu temple and cultural centre.

Be sure to check out the original story at The Windsor Star.