A New Jersey man who was charged in the death of a 19-year-old woman allegedly told police she passed out while he was choking her during rough sex.
Michael T. Gaffney, 21, and Francis Victoria Garcia, 19, were reportedly attending a loud Halloween party on the 14th floor of a high-rise in Hackensack, New Jersey, on Friday night.
Garcia was found dead in a car that was parked in a detached parking lot of the building at 2 am on Saturday after medics rushed to the scene following a 911 call.
Gaffney, of Maywood, New Jersey, was charged with reckless manslaughter Saturday, following an autopsy which determined the death of Garcia, of Bloomingdale, New Jersey, as ‘compression injuries to her neck,’ officials said.
The 21-year-old told officials they were having sex for around 20 minutes before he put his hands around her neck. She then reportedly lost consciousness, according to NJ.com, citing the probable cause affidavit.
Gaffney told police he contacted a friend nearby to tell them Garcia was not breathing who came to the car and said her lips had turned purple.
Garcia was later found dead in a car that was parked in the top floor parking lot at the high-rise building.
It was not immediately clear whether Garcia and Gaffney knew each other previously or if they’d just met at the party.
However, Gaffney later told police the couple knew one another through mutual friends and had met at 4 pm that day before heading to the party, according to the affidavit.
Gaffney also allegedly told police that they had taken prescription medication prior to the incident.
It was not clear whether had died from a bout of rough car sex or a drug overdose. Either way, her death had been deemed ‘suspicious.’
But the autopsy later found she had died of injuries to the neck.
A law enforcement source told the Daily Voice that Garcia had bruises on her neck consistent with Gaffney’s claim.