Charges upgraded in fatal auto accident

Posted: August 06, 2012

Charges were upgraded to aggravated manslaughter Monday against a driver who police say was intoxicated when he struck and killed two teenage cousins last week in Cape May Court House as they walked home from an ice cream parlor.

Bail for Joshua Malmgren, 30, of Lower Township, also was increased to $350,000 from $50,000 by Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten.

Malmgren previously had been charged with two counts of vehicle homicide in connection with the July 31 deaths of Nioami Lazicki, 15, of the Green Creek section of Middle Township, and her 13-year-old cousin Ashley Dauber, who was visiting from Northeast Philadelphia. They were walking along Bayshore Road in front of the Green Creek Volunteer Fire Company when they were struck. A third teen, Lazicki's 14-year-old sister, Farrahanne Gaston, was uninjured.

Malmgren was arrested shortly after the accident and has been held at the Cape May County Correctional Center since. He is scheduled to make a first appearance in court Thursday on charges that also include driving while intoxicated.

   - Jacqueline L. Urgo

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