Lower Township, N.J. police have charged John Lawless, 37, with death by auto after he crashed into another driver head-on, on Route 9 Saturday night. Fredrick Shelton, 50, died at the scene. Police said Lawless has a history of drunken driving, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
Shelton, who was driving a 1996 Ford Escort, was traveling south on Route 9. He approached the intersection with Bennetts Crossing when a northbound 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible driven by Lawless collided with his car. The crash sent Shelton's vehicle spinning into the intersection before it came to a stop facing northbound in the southbound lane, according to the paper.
Also in the car with Shelton was his wife, Sherri, 44, and 13-year old daughter, were both taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Investigators said Lawless had his Pa. license suspended in 2001 and has a history of drunken driving arrests.
“The bottom line here is this man should not have been operating a motor vehicle on any highway, in any state based on his suspended driving privileges and record of previous DWI arrests,” Lower Township Police Chief Edward Donohue told the paper.