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Driver blamed for pedestrian death


On Dec. 31, a 74-year-old New Jersey man was charged for the death of another Camden resident that occurred during the month of October. The 53-year-old victim was killed as a result of an auto accident that occurred nearby Rosedale and Westfield Avenues around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. The male pedestrian was crossing Westfield Avenue when he was allegedly struck by the accused. He was brought to Cooper University Hospital for medical treatment, but he eventually succumbed to his injuries.

The male pedestrian was pronounced dead by 9:07 p.m. According to eyewitnesses, the accused exited his 2000 Ford Explorer, stumbled a few steps and fell to the ground. The witness took the driver's keys and turned them over to the police officer responding to the scene. The officer observed open alcohol containers in the driver's vehicle and reported that he exhibited visible signs of intoxication. Authorities claim the man registered a blood-alcohol content of .21 percent.

Once the man was notified of the charges, he turned himself into the local police on Dec. 31. He was taken under custody, booked into the county jail and released once he posted bail. The accused might benefit from contacting legal counsel for advice about the impending charges. Criminal defense lawyers might be able to review the toxicology results and the eyewitness's account for any discrepancies that could potentially exonerate the accused.

People facing DUI charges typically benefit from confiding in a lawyer. Legal counsel might be equipped to initiate an independent investigation that gathers enough evidence to challenge the prosecution's case. Criminal defense lawyers usually focus on creating reasonable doubt in a prosecutor's assertions or exposing a critical error that could be detrimental to their case. When a systemic error relating to evidence or rights violation has occurred, the judge might be compelled to dismiss the entire case.

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

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