2 NJ Crossing Guards Admit to Drinking Before Fatal Accident

Both crossing guards have admitted drinking after their shifts before they struck and killed a 68-year-old woman, according to police.

Friday, Mar 22, 2013  |  Updated 5:47 PM EDT
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Crossing Guards Intoxicated Before Deadly Accident

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Two Westfield crossing guards have admitted drinking after their shifts before they struck and killed a pedestrian.

Charles Casiere, 85, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault with an automobile Thursday.

His fellow crossing guard, John Diaz, 75, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

On January 26, Casiere admitted to drinking "two or three vodkas" at the Knights of Columbus hall after his 4 p.m shift as a school crossing guard. Also at the bar was Diaz who admitted he had been drinking too.

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About two hours later, authorities say 68-year-old Patricia Currie had grazed a man with her car and was helping him off the street when Casiere ran through the intersection at North Avenue at Tuttle Parkway and struck her. Police say Diaz then hit her as she lay on the ground. Currie was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Another man was also seriously injured in the accident, according to investigators.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports both men are seeking probation with no jail time.
 
     
      

 


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