A Beverly City woman who caused a fatal pedestrian accident on a Pennsauken NJ road managed to avoid jail time and instead received a probationary sentence.
The suspect is a 41-year-old woman who resides in Beverly City in Burlington County, NJ. She was behind the wheel of a car that was traveling on Route 130 just before midnight on March 28, 2016. As the suspect approached the highway’s intersection with 49th Street, she struck a pedestrian.
After the crash, the suspect drove off and did not stop to offer assistance to the victim or call for an ambulance. However, a passenger in the suspect’s car secretly dialed 911 on her cell phone and reported the accident. This allowed emergency crew to arrive at the scene and attempt to save the victim’s life.
The victim in the fatal pedestrian accident was a 16-year-old boy who lived in Pennsauken and attended Pennsauken High School as a sophomore. Emergency medical responders pronounced him dead at the scene of the crash. It was later revealed that the victim spent the hours before his death working a nightshift at the Cherry Hill Mall. After finishing his shift, the victim went to a friend’s house and was struck by the suspect’s vehicle while attempting to cross the highway.
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the Pennsauken Township Police Department investigated the pedestrian accident and eventually identified the suspect as the hit-and-run driver. When police officers went to a Camden NJ residence to place the suspect under arrest, she allegedly resisted arrest and tried to avoid capture.
Detectives later learned that the suspect was driving without a valid license at the time of the crash. In fact, the suspect has reportedly lost her license more than 30 times due to various traffic violations, substance abuse problems, and failure to pay child support orders.
Once in police custody, the suspect was charged with numerous crimes, including leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, causing death while driving with a suspended license, and endangering an injured victim.
Probation for Causing Fatal Car Crash in Burlington County, NJ
Despite the seriousness of the charges, the suspect was able to reach a plea agreement with Burlington County prosecutors that kept her out of prison. The suspect’s probationary sentence will last for five years. So long as the suspect stays out of trouble and complies with all requirements during this time, she will remain free. However, the punishment would be severe if the suspect violates the terms of her probation. In many cases, when a defendant’s probation is revoked, they are ordered to serve the remainder of their sentence behind bars. In this case, the superior court judge went further and stipulated that the suspect would be sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison if she fails to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation.
In the meantime, the suspect has been spared a prison sentence. This did not sit well with the victim’s family and friends, according to media reports. Given the suspect’s history of traffic infractions and driver’s license suspensions, members of the victim’s family reportedly wanted the judge to sentence the suspect to significant time behind bars.
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