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Pedestrian killed in alleged DWI crash

A DWI crash in New Jersey left one Camden man dead and another charged with causing the death of a pedestrian in an incident that happened in October 2014. A Camden County prosecutor's office representative said the defendant posted bail after he was taken into custody.

The 74-year-old defendant, driving a Ford Explorer, allegedly hit a 53-year-old male at the intersection of Rosedale and Westfield Avenues. The pedestrian was walking across Westfield Avenue around 8:30 p.m. when the accident happened, officials said. An onlooker at the accident site reported that the driver appeared intoxicated and fell when he stepped from the Explorer. The witness removed the keys and handed them to authorities when they arrived. Police said two containers of alcohol were open and found in the vehicle.

Police records revealed that officers reported the driver appeared impaired. The man's BAC level was allegedly measured at .21 percent, almost three times the legal limit. The pedestrian was taken to a hospital in Camden where he was declared dead due to injuries he suffered in the crash. According to police reports, the driver was not injured in the accident.

The defendant's attorney was contacted by police and informed that charges were to be filed against his client. The driver, who turned himself into Camden County authorities, was taken into custody and incarcerated in the county jail. A bail of $150,000 was set.

Drunk driving resulting in the death of another individual is a serious offense in New Jersey. A driver facing such charges may benefit from legal advice. The attorney may review police procedures to determine whether protocol was followed. If evidence of DWI is not able to be challenged by claiming improper toxicology testing, the attorney may help by structuring a plea agreement that reduces the charges.

Source:, "Camden man charged in DWI crash that killed pedestrian", Mark Daniels, Jan. 3, 2015

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