Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Man killed in Washington Twp. crash

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A Gloucester County man is facing vehicular homicide charges after a suspected drunk-driving crash in Washington Township overnight left another man dead and injured three others, including a 4-year-old.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said 26-year-old Michael Williams, of Woodbine, N.J., died after his Honda Civic was struck head-on by a Nissan Maxima just after 12:45 a.m. on Route 47 between County House and Salina roads.

The driver of the Maxima, 27-year-old James Catona, is being charged with vehicular homicide, assault by auto, and hindering apprehension.

Prosecutors say alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

Two passengers in Williams' vehicle -- his 4-year-old son and a 24-year-old man -- were hurt in the crash and taken to Cooper University Hospital for treatment. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening, and the child was set to be released from the hospital today.

Catona, of Washington Township, also suffered injuries and is expected to be discharged from Cooper today. A passenger in his car suffered minor injuries, prosecutors said.

Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or ebabay@philly.com. Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

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