Florida Man Charged In Fatal Crash In Downtown Paterson

Investigation is under way at the scene of a fatal car accident on Main St. and the intersection of Market St. in Paterson on May 17, 2022. Authorities in northern New Jersey have charged a Florida man with manslaughter and other offenses after he allegedly crashed a stolen car in the heart of downtown Paterson. (Amy Newman/The Record via AP)
Investigation is under way at the scene of a fatal car accident on Main St. and the intersection of Market St. in Paterson on May 17, 2022. Authorities in northern New Jersey have charged a Florida man with manslaughter and other offenses after he allegedly crashed a stolen car in the heart of downtown Paterson. (Amy Newman/The Record via AP)
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PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in northern New Jersey announced charges including aggravated manslaughter against a Florida man on Thursday after he allegedly hit several pedestrians while driving a stolen car in the heart of downtown Paterson.

One person was killed and five others were hospitalized after the wild scene unfolded Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Passaic County prosecutor’s office, Harold Rasbin was driving a Honda CRV when he hit a parked police vehicle then sped away and hit another car, lost control and hit several pedestrians.

After the Honda crashed into a light pole, Rasbin allegedly fled on foot but was caught nearby.

The 31-year-old Orlando, Florida resident was being held awaiting a detention hearing Monday. He faces charges including aggravated manslaughter, death by automobile, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Paul Chiaramonte, an attorney representing Rasbin, declined to comment on the charges Thursday.