His friend is dead and he is being held criminally responsible after a November car crash took 29-year-old Matthew Nierstedt too young and too soon.
According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Stephen Zadroga surrendered to detectives on Tuesday and is charged with death by auto; assault by auto; (one count) causing death or injury while driving unlicensed or suspended; and (three counts) causing death or injury while driving unlicensed or suspended.
The 27-year-old was also charged with Title 39 violations. The violations are driving while suspended, driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain a marked traffic lane, reckless driving and speeding.
Another driver, Steven Carvache was also involved in the wreck. The 40-year-old Jersey City resident was hit with Title 39 violations too, including driving while intoxicated and speeding.
The incident happened November 16 around 2am when Jersey City Police Officers came upon the two cars, including a 2006 Acura TL registered to Carvache and a 2013 Mazda MZ6 registered to Zadroga.
Officers determined that Carvache was driving his Acura southbound on Paterson Plank Road and Zadroga was driving his Mazda northbound on Paterson Plank when they collided in the southbound lane of traffic.
Carvache and his front female passenger were both taken to Christ Hospital in Jersey City to be treated for their injuries.
Zadroga also had a front female passenger and Nierstedt was seated in the back seat.
The female passenger was transported to Hoboken Hospital and Zadroga was privately transported to Jersey City Medical Center, where Nierstedt was also taken (by EMS) and pronounced dead at 3 am.
The Homicide Unit of The Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor is actively investigating this case. Anyone with information should call 201-915-1345.