NJ man pleads innocent in fatal accident

Saleem Wright, 24, is accused in a deadly hit and run in Newark where a 5-year-old girl was killed.

July 28, 2010 2:38:12 PM PDT
A New Jersey man charged in the hit-and-run death of a 5-year-old girl last week has pleaded not guilty.

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.


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