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A New Jersey man charged in suspicious death of woman, 19, was found in a parking lot, officials say

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A New Jersey man charged in the suspicious death of a 19-year-old woman Saturday morning in the back seat of a car in a parking lot, officials said.

Francis, Victoria Garcia, who was found unresponsive just after 2 a.m., this Saturday, at the top level of a parking garage on Prospect Avenue in Hackensack, the Bergen County Prosecutor said. First responders began treatment at the scene before rushing the woman to Hackensack University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

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Michael T. Gaffney, 21, was arrested and charged with reckless manslaughter, later on Saturday NJ.com reported, citing a statement from the Bergen County prosecutor’s office, Mark Musella.

Michael Gaffney was indicted for reckless homicide, officials said.
(Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office)

An autopsy determined his death was caused by “compression injuries to her neck area,” the officials said.

An investigation determined Gaffney was Wrapped up in the back seat of her car, when she died, Musella said.

Gaffney, and Garcia were together at a party in a high-rise apartment that night, and in the Hackensack, Daily Voice reported.

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Gaffney told investigators they took the prescribed medication and had wild sex all Wrapped up in the car when she lost consciousness, a law-enforcement source told the outlet. It was unclear whether Garcia, who has suffered her injuries during the alleged sexual encounter.

Gaffney was being held at the Bergen County Jail, without bond.

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