Police: Man going 74 mph in 25 mph zone when he killed teens

(Courtesy NBC4 New York)

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) – Authorities say a New Jersey man with a suspended license was driving 74 mph in a 25 mph zone when he struck and killed two teenagers and critically injured a third.

Hudson County prosecutors say 23-year-old Eric Patterson, of Jersey City, faces two counts of death by auto and an assault by auto charge.

Patterson’s bail was set at $1 million during his initial court appearance Monday. He told the judge he plans to hire an attorney.

Officials say 17-year-old Bryan Rodriguez and 16-year-old Noel Herrera were walking home when they were struck Saturday night in North Bergen. Witnesses said the car crossed over two lanes and went over a curb before it hit the teens on a sidewalk.

Seventeen-year-old Manny Sanchez suffered multiple fractures to his legs. He’s hospitalized in stable condition.

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