Essex County prosecutors say 24-year-old Saleem Wright of Irvington was speeding when his Mercedes-Benz convertible struck 5-year-old Julianne Vega on Thursday night, just steps from her Newark home. She was taken to University Hospital in Newark, but died there a short time later.
Wright turned himself in Friday at a local church, a short time after his car was found abandoned in Newark. He was charged with death by auto, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and endangering an injured victim.
Wright entered his pleas Wednesday during a brief court appearance.
He was being held in the county jail on $150,000 bail.