Trenton man arrested for vehicular homicide

Michael Ganie

Michael Ganie

A city man was arrested last week in connection with the hit-and-run death of 61-year-old Rodney Taylor.

Michael Ganie, 53, is charged with death-by-auto, leaving the scene of an accident and several other offenses in connection with Taylor’s death. He’s being held in jail pending a detention hearing.

Officials say Taylor was in the middle of the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle Ganie was driving through the 400 block of Chambers Street around 10:20 p.m. on September 17. Taylor suffered severe injuries and later died at the hospital.

Ganie fled the scene after the accident, officials say, but a detective developed evidence that places him behind the wheel of the car at the time of the fatal crash.

Rodney Taylor

Rodney Taylor

Taylor is the second person to die from a hit-and-run accident in Trenton so far this year.

In March, 39-year-old Lea Pringle was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in the 600 block of North Olden Avenue. A 17-year-old unlicensed city girl was later arrested and charged with death by auto in connection with Pringle‚Äôs death.

According to the New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit, vehicular homicides are considered manslaughter and are, therefore, not reported as a homicide statistic.

The Trentonian, however, includes death by auto and justifiable police shootings in its yearly homicide count.

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