The driver of an SUV carrying nine occupants that flipped on Route 15 Saturday night, killing three of the passengers and a pregnant woman's unborn child, told authorities he was "probably twice the legal limit" and had smoked marijuana the day before, according to an arrest affidavit.
Torres waived his Miranda rights and told Detective Kathryn Kutepow, of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, he was intoxicated when he and the eight others loaded into his 2002 Ford Explorer at Lake Tomahawk in Sparta to head back to Jersey City between 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday night, the affidavit said.
Torres told Kutepow he drank beers he had brought to the gathering that included family and friends and estimated he was "probably twice the legal limit" when he got behind the wheel to return home, according to the affidavit.
Torres also said he had ingested marijuana the day before and brought more to the lake on Saturday but did not smoke it, the affidavit said.
Torres said he was unfamiliar with the area and was relying on his GPS device. He admitted he was speeding on Route 15 as he approached a slower-moving vehicle in the right lane, the affidavit said. Torres said he swerved into the left lane but admitted he "was going too fast" and lost control of the SUV, the affidavit said.
A witness who was driving behind Torres observed the SUV "apply its breaks, turn sharply to the left and begin to roll," according to the affidavit.
Police and medical personnel who responded to the scene detected alcohol on Torres' breath, the affidavit said.
Torres and a 40-year-old and 21-year-old, whose identities were not released, were each transported to area hospitals. A 37-year-old and 25-year-old were the other two occupants in the vehicle. All of the occupants were from Jersey City.
Torres is being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $750,000 bail.