NEWARK - A second juror has been dismissed from the trial of a man accused of fatally running down two men crossing Route 440 in Bayonne in 2015 while driving 106 miles per hour.
Just before the third day of witness testimony was to begin today in Essex County, a juror said she needed to be excused for personal reasons. Last week, another juror was excused after suffering a medical emergency during the court's lunch break.
Testimony in Waqas Ibrar's trial began just before 10 a.m. with Sgt. Bruce Miller of the Hudson County Sheriff's Department, who was presented as an expert witness by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Leo Hernandez, taking the witness stand.
Authorities say Ibrar, 26, a pharmacy student, was driving between 105 and 106 mph when he hit Tyler Sellers and Sabore Worrell on Nov. 2, 2015.
Friends testified they were with the two men in the moments before the crash at a nearby fast food restaurant. Video shows the men were in the crosswalk when Ibrar struck them. Miller testified Sellers and Worrell began crossing the street when they had the right of way, but the light had turned before they were struck.
The trial is expected to continue into next week. There are currently 14 jurors sitting and only 12 will deliberate.
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