FREEHOLD – A Wall Township man has been sentenced to four and a half years in state prison for being responsible for the death of an 82-year-old Brick Township man, stemming from a June 2021 motor vehicle collision, Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Julia Alonso and Wall Township Police Chief Sean O’Halloran jointly announced Tuesday.
Nolan T. Dickson, 28, must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before the possibility of parole under the provisions of New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA), in accordance with the terms set down during a hearing late last week before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Henry P. Butehorn.
At approximately 10:09 a.m. on Sunday, June 27, 2021, the Wall Township Police Department responded to the area of State Highway 35 and Lakewood Road for a report of a head-on motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles. On location, police officers located 82-year-old Paul Yuro of Brick Township, trapped inside his vehicle. Mr. Yuro was extricated from his vehicle and was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he later died as a result of the injuries he sustained.
An investigation led by Wall Township Patrolman Megan Alexander, Sergeant Andrew Baldino, and Captain Chad Clark, also involving members of the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART), determined that Mr. Dickson was operating his 2017 BMW 430i southbound on State Highway 35 when he entered the northbound lane and struck the 2013 Toyota Camry being driven by Mr. Yuro.
The thorough investigation revealed that Mr. Dickson was on his way home from a casino in Atlantic City – where he had ingested oxycodone, alprazolam, codeine, and marijuana – when he caused the collision.
On Monday, May 8, 2023, after authorities consulted with the victim’s family, Dickson pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of Vehicular Homicide, to be treated as a third-degree offense for the purposes of sentencing.
The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle. Dickson was represented by Mitchell Ansell, Esq., with an office in Freehold.