Driver charged in fatal crash at farmers market

AP News
Posted: Aug 11, 2014 4:51 PM

HAWTHORNE, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man was charged Monday with vehicular homicide for a weekend crash at a farmers market that left one woman dead and two people injured.

James Woetzel of Hawthorne also was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death. His bail was set at $200,000. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney. Both offenses carry maximum 10-year sentences upon conviction.

The accident happened around 2:20 p.m. Sunday in Hawthorne. Authorities said the 48-year-old Woetzel drove his Dodge Ram pickup truck through a barricade and hit three people, including 58-year-old Hawthorne resident Donna Wine, who was dragged for three blocks.

Wine was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were treated at a hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The accident occurred as vendors were preparing to close for the day and relatively few customers remained. Several vendors' stands were knocked over and fruits and vegetables went flying into the air.