August 22, 2023
EDISON, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced that on Thursday, August 17, 2023, Daniel Girgis, 18, of Dayton NJ, and Tyler Dickerson, 19, of Monmouth Junction, NJ, were sentenced for their involvement in a January 20, 2022, street race that resulted in a fatal crash.
On January 20, 2022, Edison Police responded to a report of an accident on Route 1 South and Fox Road. Upon their arrival officers located two vehicles driven by Tyler Dickerson and Daniel Girgis that were involved in a high-speed race which resulted in Girgis crashing his vehicle into a vacant building, killing Diana Somarriba, 18, of South Brunswick, a passenger in his vehicle. The investigation conducted by Detective Matthew Colonna of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Captain Dominic Masi of the Edison Police Department revealed that Dickerson and Girgis met in Edison for a pre-arranged street race on Route 1 and during that race, Girgis lost control of his vehicle and crashed while driving in excess of 100 miles-per-hour. Girgis and another passenger, E.M., sustained minor injuries while Somarriba was killed.
On June 20, 2022, Jurisdiction of the Family Court was waived to the criminal court where Daniel Girgis would be prosecuted as an adult. On January 13, 2023, Girgis pled guilty to second-degree Vehicular Homicide, and on March 16, 2023, Dickerson pled guilty to fourth-degree Assault-by-Auto. On August 17, 2023, Superior Court Judge Andrea G. Carter, J.S.C., sentenced Girgis to three years subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA) for the crime of second-degree Vehicular Homicide. The Judge sentenced Tyler Dickerson to 364 days in the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center as a condition of 4 years of probation for the crime of fourth-degree Assault-by-Auto.