Prosecutor: Man indicted for death by auto for killing 21-year-old in Hoboken


A New York man has been indicted for death by auto for killing a 21-year-old man in Hoboken back in June, the cousin of top NBA draft pick Ben Simmons, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Zack (left) and Ben Simmons. Twitter photo.
Zack (left) and Ben Simmons. Twitter photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Mark T. Nicholas, 51, of Brooklyn, NY, was charged with the second degree death by auto and second degree knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, authorities said.

Nicholas was allegedly the driver of a black Cadillac Escalade that struck and killed Zackhary Simmons at the corner of Willow and 6th Street in Hoboken on June 25, 2016.

The 21-year-old from Ramsey was struck as he crossed Willow Street at approximately 3:30 a.m., officials said.

Nicholas is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Hudson County on March 13, 2017, authorities said.

The Hoboken Police Department announced that Nicholas had been arrested on July 8, while Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33) has been working on a bill since September that would send out alerts to help law enforcement serve hit-and-run cases.

Chaparro, the fiancee of Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante, has appropriately tiled the bill “Zackhary’s Law” after Simmons. The legislation cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee in January.

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