Driver Charged in Crash That Killed Mom, Injured Daughter

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    A man was arrested after he was allegedly using his cell phone while driving, leading to a crash that killed a woman and left her adult daughter fighting for her life.

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    Police are looking into whether the driver of a pickup truck was on his cellphone Sunday night, when his vehicle hit and killed a Camden County mother. NBC10's Denise Nakano talked to the victim's family Monday night, as well as police. (Published Monday, Apr 28, 2014)

    Police say 47-year-old Samuel Distefano was driving his 1990 Ford Ranger pickup truck on Evesham Road in Voorhees Township, NJ around 8:20 p.m. back on April 27.

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    [PHI] 2 Women Struck, 1 Dies
    Two pedestrians were walking along Evesham Road in Voorhees when they were struck. (Published Sunday, Apr 27, 2014)

    Investigators say Distefano did not have a seatbelt on and was checking his phone while driving when he struck Serafina Fel and her daughter Anna Veksler as they walked across Evesham near Kresson Road.

    Medics rushed Fel, 63, and her 38-year-old daughter to Cooper University Hospital. Fel died while her daughter remained in extremely critical condition with life-threatening injuries, according to police. 

    Friends say the mother and daughter were walking to CVS, which they did whenever the weather warmed up, and were only steps away from their destination when they were struck.

    "It's just very sad," said Jacqui Canter, their neighbor. "It's a loss in the neighborhood."

    Distefano remained at the scene and spoke to police. On Monday, police announced Distefano was charged with reckless driving and was ticketed for using a cellular device at the time of the crash.

    Veksler remains in critical condition.