Camden, N.J.- A Pine Hill man has been charged after it was determined he was driving while intoxicated when he struck a pedestrian, causing his death, reported Camden County Prosecutor Grace MacAulay and Pine Hill Chief of Police Chris Winters.
Darius Wade, 28, of Pine Hill has been charged with one count of second-degree Death by Auto.
On May 6, 2022, at approximately 12:02 a.m. the Pine Hill Police Department, Pine Hill Fire Department, and EMS personnel, were dispatched to the 200 block of East 11th Avenue for a pedestrian versus motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, an unconscious pedestrian was located in the roadway, along with an overturned vehicle. The pedestrian was identified as 76-year-old Frank Yerka of Pine Hill.
A cooperative investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigation Response Team and the Pine Hill Police Department, determined that Yerka was walking his dog eastbound on 11th Ave in the westbound side of the road. A vehicle driven by Wade was traveling eastbound, when he drove into the westbound side of the road and struck Yerka. Police rendered aid to Yerka until EMS arrived on location and he was then transported to Cooper Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at 6:15 a.m.
Through a subsequent investigation, it was determined Wade was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. After the Crash Investigation Response Team reviewed the findings of the investigation, Wade was formally charged on June 2. This investigation is active and ongoing.
All individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.