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March 26, 2016

N.J. man charged in crash that killed grandparents after Easter egg hunt

Frank Cabezas, 23, held on $250,000 bail at Somerset County Jail

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Bend at intersection of Route 523 and Barley Sheaf Road in Flemington, New Jersey.

A 23-year-old New Jersey man faces multiple charges for his involvement in a head-on crash Friday afternoon that killed two grandparents who were returning with young children from an Easter egg hunt.

According to authorities, Frank Cabezas, of Hunterdon County, crashed his Ford Explorer into an oncoming Toyota Camry at around 2:45 p.m. on Route 523, killing 79-year-old Frank Corso and his wife, 75-year-old Audrey Corso, both of Flemington. The couple's son, 43-year-old Gregory Corso, and grandson, 5-year-old Matthew Corso, survived the accident and were treated for minor injuries at Morristown Medical Center, reports. Marissa Corso, 10, was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick to be treated for a possible broken femur.

Prosecutors said the accident occurred on a bend near the intersection of Route 523 and Barley Sheaf Road.

Cabezas, who was not injured in the accident, has been charged with two counts of second-degree death by auto, three counts of fourth-degree assault by auto, reckless driving and driving under the influence. He is being held on $250,000 bail at the Somerset County Jail.

"This is a terrible tragedy that changed the lives of this family in a split second as they returned home from an Easter egg hunt," said Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III. "We offer our sincerest condolences to the Corso family."