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Sussex County man arrested for Clifton crash that left 1 dead, 1 injured

CLIFTON, NJ (Passaic County) – A Sussex County man has been was arrested in connection to a motor vehicle crash in Clifton that left one dead and one injured, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes.

Chad Hines, 41, of Wantage Township was arrested on Dec. 8 and charged with second-degree death by auto, third-degree strict liability vehicular homicide, and third-degree assault by auto.

On Wednesday August 25, at around 10:07 a.m., police responded to the area of Route 3 westbound and Allwood Road in Clifton on a report of a multi-vehicle crash, Valdes said.

An Investigation revealed that a 2005 Mack Conventional Cab dump truck, being operated by Hines, allegedly struck a 2019 Honda Civic driven by a 25-year-old Clifton woman. The female as well as a minor passenger were transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center for medical treatment for serious injuries sustained as a result of the crash, Valdes said.

The minor succumbed to her injuries on August 29, 2020, Valdes said.

The sentencing exposure on second-degree death by auto is 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison and would require Hines to serve 85 percent of any prison term before parole eligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act, along with 3 years of parole supervision. The sentencing exposure on third-degree strict liability vehicular homicide and third-degree assault by auto is 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Hines appeared at Central Judicial Processing Court on December 9, 2020. The State intended to file a motion for pretrial detention, Valdes said.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or contact the Clifton Police Department at 973-470-5900.

Jay Edwards

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