An Egg Harbor Township man charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and third-degree endangering an injured victim, entered a not guilty plea this morning at his arraignment, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.
It is alleged that on September 6, 2010, William Michael Simkins, 31, struck and killed Jacob Broschard, 16, of Egg Harbor Township, while the teen was riding his bicycle with two other teens from Royal Avenue in Egg Harbor Township onto Jerome Avenue. It is further alleged that Simkins struck Broschard on Jerome Avenue then continued on Robert Best Road without stopping to check on the victim or render aid, according to Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton, who is representing the state.
Egg Harbor Township police arrested Simkins at the police station two hours after the incident and charged him with motor vehicle violations including reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Simkins on February 1 and he was taken into custody, Assistant Prosecutor Ruberton said.