YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST: CLIFFVIEW PILOT has obtained the mugshots of two men charged with death by auto in the crash that killed record store owner Steve Lenge.
As CLIFFVIEW PILOT first reported exclusively, Joseph A. Ferretti, 28, of Dumont, posted property as his full $50,000 bond and was released Monday night pending a court appearance.
Joseph Meyer, 19, of Oviedo, Fla., posted his bail earlier today and was released, also pending a court hearing, after spending the night in the Bergen County Jail.
Both are charged with death by auto, a second-degree crime that has sent those convicted in New Jersey to prison for terms of five to 10 years, depending on various factors.
Because of the severity of the crime, those convicted must serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.
Ferretti and Meyer work for Gotham Dream Cars of Englewood, which offered drivers of luxury sports cars run of a track around MetLife Stadium for $100 each.
They apparently had just fueled their vehicles before Lenge was killed.
Lenge, 56, was riding his 2011 Triumph to a second job at the Meadowlands Sports Complex — where he helped build the set for the Electric Daisy Festival — when it was struck head-on by one of two 2006 Ferraris around 7:45 Sunday morning on the Berry’s Creek service road. Steve was wearing a helmet, authorities said.
The driver of one of the cars, 19-year-old Joseph Meyer of Florida, lost control coming around a turn, New Jersey State Police said.
The vehicle spun, hit two curbs and caused the driver of the other Ferrari, 28-year-old Joseph Ferretti of Dumont, to lose control of his car, which swerved into the oncoming lane, smashing Steve’s bike, an NJSP spokesman said.
Investigators determined that both cars were speeding, said State Trooper Christopher Kay.
Ferretti, who in 2005 was graduated from Dickinson College in in Carlisle, Pa. with a BS in Science, Mathematics and Physics, is listed as the head of Dream Car Sprints at Gotham, a position he’s held only since March.
Ferretti was one of several employees who moved last year to State Street Corp., a Manhattan financial services company, when it took over investment operations from AllianceBernstein, where he began working in February 2006.
His positions with the companies included business analyst and both a fixed-income client services and institutional asset administrator, according to a LinkedIn update that was removed Monday.
TRIBUTE: Steve Lenge, the motorcyclist who died when his bike was rammed by a speeding Ferrari at the Meadowlands over the weekend, was a hell of a drummer who went on to become one of the first and most successful indie record store owners in the U.S. The 56-year-old father of two was once North Jersey’s King of Import Music. He was also the first kid I met when my family moved to 67th Street and Newkirk Avenue in North Bergen.
A FAN WRITES: One of my friends just forwarded me “Tribute to Things From England owner, indie pioneer: Steve Lenge” from CLIFFVIEW PILOT today. You hit the nail on the head. Not only was he an indie music pioneer — he was also a local legend. I was devastated when I heard the news.
I first met Steve when I was 12 years old and huge into heavy metal. Things From England was THE store to go to for one-of-a-kind music imports. I practically grew up in that store.
Steve was the type of person who got to know his customers. He knew what I liked, how my tastes changed and what I wanted. I will never forget the first thing I bought from him – a Slayer “Angel of Death” picture disc that he procured from God-only-knows where. READ MORE….