Teen pleads guilty in crash that killed N.J. superintendent

The teenage driver who fatally struck a New Jersey school superintendent who was out for a run with his dog earlier this year has pleaded guilty to charges related to the crash.

The name of the girl, now 18, has not been released because she was a juvenile at the time of the crash.

She pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and careless driving in the April accident that killed Robbinsville schools Superintendent Steven Mayer, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said.

Mayer, 52, was hit by the then-17-year-old Robbinsville High School student while he was running with his dog on Robbinsville-Edinburg Road near Pond Road on April 19. The dog also died.

Prosecutors have said the girl was talking on a cellphone at the time. She was charged in late June.

Prosecutors said the girl admitted to the charges as part of a plea deal. When she is formally sentenced in January, she will face three years probation, a two-year suspension of her driver's license and 200 hours of community service, prosecutors said.

Authorities have said the girl kept driving after the crash but later called police and said she thought she had hit someone. 

Mayer had served as superintendent in Robbinsville since 2009. He had previously worked as a principal in the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District.

Mayer was survived by his wife, Donna, and three sons.

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