A motorist stopped on a South Jersey highway to fix a problem with his car was killed early Thursday when he was run over by a driver suspected of drunkenness, state police said.
Based on the initial investigation, the victim was driving north on Route 55 near milepost 43.6 in the town of Franklin in Gloucester County around 12:30 a.m. when his vehicle had a “failed tire” and stopped to fix the problem, a state police spokesperson said. Sgt. Philip Carey.
Brian Caldwell, 48, of Cape May, was driving a pickup truck heading north on Route 55 when it “failed to maintain one travel lane” and hit the back of the parked car and the driver, who was out of the car, Carey said.
Police said Caldwell was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and later charged with drive-by death.
He was placed in Salem County Jail pending a detention hearing. No information was immediately available on whether Caldwell had a lawyer.
Carey said the police plan to release the victim’s identity after notifying the next of kin.
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