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Charges upgraded in crash that killed bicyclist

5-12-14

EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — A woman who prosecutors say was driving drunk when she allegedly struck a bicyclist in northern New Jersey last week will now face an upgraded charge following the man’s death.

Forty-year-old Siobhan Stokley of North Bergen initially was charged with assault by auto following Friday night’s accident in Edgewater. But Bergen County prosecutors announced Monday that she now will also face a vehicular homicide count.

Stokley was released after posting $15,000 bail, but was due to turn herself in Monday afternoon to face the new count. Her bail will be set at $125,000 cash, and it’s not known if she has retained an attorney.

Prosecutors say Stokley’s vehicle struck the rear wheel of a bicycle driven by 61-year-old Tony Tyson of Jersey City. Tyson died from his injuries Sunday night.