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Ferrari Drivers Charged in NJ Biker's Death

By Edward Tan, JD on May 23, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A New Jersey man was killed in a head-on collision with a Ferrari. Stephen Lenge was riding to work on his motorcycle when he was hit.

The accident happened near the MetLife Stadium. Two 2006 Ferrari F430s were headed toward the 56-year-old Lenge. One of the drivers, Joseph Meyer, 19, lost control of his car and spun out, The Star-Ledger reports. The other Ferrari driver, Joseph Ferretti, 28, swerved to avoid being hit and crashed into Lenge's motorcycle.

So how fast were Meyer and Ferreti going?

It's not certain, but police say they were travelling faster than the 25 mph speed limit. It's a pretty reasonable assumption considering how hard it is to spin out if you're only going residential speed. Investigators are currently working to determine how fast they were driving.

Meyer and Ferretti escaped with only minor injuries. However, they were both arrested and charged with death by auto for the crash that killed Lenge.

Vehicular homicide can be can be a first or second-degree felony in New Jersey. Each carries varying penalties of up to 10 or 20 years imprisonment, respectively. Aggravating factors include whether the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident and the accident's location. For instance, if the crash occurred on school property, that can be grounds to raise the offense to a first-degree felony.

So far, there are no reports that any of the drivers involved were drunk at the time. The Ferraris were owned by Gotham Dream Cars. The company rents out high-end sports cars. Meyer and Ferretti were employees. They were driving the cars to a Gotham event when Stephen Lenge was hit and killed.

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