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DOVER — A suspected drunk driver has been charged with the demise of his second brother following a decide-up truck crash in Dover early Sunday.
Santos Javier Archaga-Mendoza, 36, of South Morris Road, was charged with recklessly inflicting the demise of a person authorities stated was his brother, Joel Archaga, who died Tuesday of traumatic accidents at Morristown Medical Middle, in response to felony complaints filed Thursday in Superior Courtroom, Morristown.
Archaga-Mendoza was charged Sunday, hours after the 1:19 a.m. deadly crash on Route forty six, with being intoxicated and inflicting the demise of one other brother, Daniel Archaga, who was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
The hometowns and ages of the 2 victims weren’t instantly out there.
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The new complaints charge Archaga-Mendoza with a second count of death-by-auto, and with being an unlicensed driver involved in a crash that resulted in death. Archaga-Mendoza is being held in the Morris County jail while the charges are pending.
Dover police spoke with Archaga-Mendoza at the scene and described him as having “red eyes, slurred speech, unsteady gait and incoherent answers to questions regarding how the crash occurred,” according to court records.
Archaga-Mendoza, according to court records, told officers he and his passengers were returning from a club on Route 15 where he had two beers while celebrating his birthday.
During a formal interview with police, he also told police his foot became stuck on the gas pedal as he attempted to turn and was not able to control the pickup at the time of the crash, court records show.
Archaga-Mendoza, who is undocumented, also is charged with assault by auto on two other passengers, identified in court records as Christian Zepeda and Luis Carranza. The driver initially was charged with assault by auto on Joel Archaga but the charge was upgraded to death by auto.
Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong, sitting in Morristown, heard arguments from attorneys Thursday on whether Archaga-Mendoza should be detained in the county jail while the charges are pending or be released under special conditions. Armstrong ruled that the suspect, who has lived in the U.S. for 14 years and works as a landscaper, should be detained because he poses a risk of flight if released.
Morris County Deputy Public Defender Tom Belsky had argued that Archaga-Mendoza, the father of…