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Driver charged for fatally hitting pedestrian

On Dec. 31, a 74-year-old man turned himself into police headquarters in New Jersey after learning that he was being charged for the death of a pedestrian. The incident that led to the man being handed a criminal charge for death by auto took place in Camden on Oct. 4. At about 8:30 p.m., the accused man struck a 53-year-old man who was crossing Westfield Avenue near the intersection of Rosedale Avenue.

According to a witness who was at the scene of the accident, the accused man had gotten out of his 2000 Ford Explorer after hitting the pedestrian. After taking a couple steps, the man fell. The witness then took the keys to the man's vehicle and gave them to a police officer. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital at 9:07 p.m. that evening.

Police say that an inspection of the man's vehicle led to the discovery of multiple open containers of alcohol. The accused driver was also determined to have a blood-alcohol content of .21 percent after he was tested. After turning himself in to face his charge, the man was booked into Camden County Jail. He was released from jail after he posted the required $150,000 bail.

A person who has been accused of driving drunk after a fatal accident might want to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. An attorney may be able to help the defendant to dispute the allegation that they were intoxicated by arguing that the results of a breath or a blood test were marginal. If a driver appeared to be intoxicated after the accident, an attorney may explain that the driver was injured or in a state of shock.

Source: NJ.com, "Camden man charged in DWI crash that killed pedestrian", Mark Daniels, January 03, 2015

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