Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk, Merchantville Police Chief Wayne Bauer and Pennsauken Police Chief John Coffey reported charges had been filed in connection with a car crash that killed a mother and daughter in Merchantville.
Keith Johnson, M/31, of Pennsauken, was charged Wednesday with two counts of Death by Auto and a count of Aggravated Assault. Johnson is still being treated at Cooper Hospital but will be taken to the Camden County Jail upon his release.
It is alleged Johnson’s Dodge Durango was in excess of the 25 mph speed limit when it collided head-on with a Honda Odyssey on January 31 about 3:40 p.m. at Chapel Avenue and Russell Avenue. The northbound Durango was in an oncoming lane of traffic at the time of the crash.
The driver of the Odyssey, Anada Medina, F/36, and her daughter Stephanie Garcia, F/18, both of Cherry Hill, were killed in the crash. A passenger in Johnson’s vehicle, a 26-year-old Pennsauken woman, remains in the hospital as well.
An investigation into the collision is ongoing and authorities are awaiting the results of blood and urine tests from Johnson, among other evidence. Further charges are being considered.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.