Police: Drunken Driver Strikes Child

A 5-year-old child suffers non-life-threatening facial injuries.

A Blackwood man police say appeared to be driving while intoxicated struck a child with his car in Lakeview Apartments Wednesday evening.

The pedestrian crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. on the Blackwood apartment complex's Pine Run Drive.

The 5-year-old child sustained facial injuries, according to Gloucester Township Police Lt. Edward Bryant, but the juvenile's injuries were not life-threatening.

Investigators determined Maurice Chaney Jr., 36, of Almonesson Road, was driving while under the influence when he struck the child, Bryant said.

Chaney refused to submit to blood-alcohol content testing at the police station. He was charged with fourth-degree assault by auto, and cited for driving under the influence, refusal to submit to blood-alcohol content testing, reckless driving, careless driving and driving with an obstructed view.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Kennedy Health Systems EMS and Chews Landing Fire Department personnel responded to the crash scene, according to police.

Blackwood resident October 04, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I know I'm behind the times here. Just caught on to the Patch. I ran over a kid on that road 10 years ago. Lucky, I had a witness on my side and I wasn't charged with a crime. The kids ride their bikes out between the bushes into the roadway, which leaves little time to react and no space to maneuver. note...that picture is not an accurate representation of how tight the road gets and how poor visibility is.


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