“Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash Suspect, 17, Charged with Killing Jeffrey Schlinger in Toms River”

By | August 10, 2023



A juvenile suspect has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a 23-year-old man in Toms River. The 17-year-old, originally identified as Yasmin Sanchez-Centeno, is facing multiple charges including vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death. The suspect was also charged with hindering apprehension for providing false information to law enforcement. The crash occurred on August 3 when the suspect’s Nissan Murano collided with a Yamaha motorcycle driven by the victim. The suspect fled the scene but was later located by police. The victim was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect is currently in custody at the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center. Ken Serrano reported

Authorities have revealed that a suspect initially believed to be a 22-year-old man from Toms River is actually a juvenile. This individual is now facing serious charges related to a fatal hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Jeffrey Schlinger, also from Toms River, on August 3rd. The 17-year-old suspect, previously identified as Yasmin Sanchez-Centeno, has been charged with vehicular homicide, strict liability vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash, and being an unlicensed driver involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash, according to a statement from Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. Additionally, the suspect now faces an additional charge of hindering apprehension for providing false identification to law enforcement.

The incident occurred at around 10:00 p.m. on August 3rd when Manchester Township police responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle crash on Route 37. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the crash involved a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle and a 2005 Nissan Murano. The driver of the Nissan had fled the scene. According to Billhimer, Schlinger was traveling east on Route 37 when the 17-year-old suspect pulled onto the road and failed to yield to the motorcycle. The Yamaha was unable to avoid a collision and struck the rear passenger side door of the Nissan. After the crash, the suspect continued to drive east until the car broke down. The suspect then fled on foot into a nearby wooded area but was eventually located and apprehended by Manchester Police.

Schlinger was rushed to Community Medical Center in Toms River, where he succumbed to his injuries. The 17-year-old suspect failed field sobriety tests, and his blood was later drawn at the Toms River medical center.

Currently, the suspect is being held in custody at the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center.

It is important to note that Ken Serrano, a journalist covering crime, breaking news, and investigations, can be contacted at 732-643-4029 or at kserrano@gannettnj.com.


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