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Fatal Highway Crash in West Deptford, DWI Suspected

The victim, a 32-year-old woman, was traveling in a car struck by an alleged drunk driver, according to NJ State Police.

Emergency helicopters were landing at West Deptford High School to evacuate victims of the crash. Credit: Tim Vedder.
Emergency helicopters were landing at West Deptford High School to evacuate victims of the crash. Credit: Tim Vedder.

A two-car highway accident in West Deptford late Wednesday evening has left an unidentified woman dead and led to the arrest of another driver for DWI, according to New Jersey State Police (NJSP). 

The crash occurred at 11:24 p.m. near mile marker 22.6 on I-295 southbound. 

Mohammad Khan, 21, of Cherry Hill, was driving a white Toyota Camry that ran into the rear of a white Hyundai Accent driven by 41-year-old David Hewitt of Carney's Point, police said.

An unidentified, 32-year-old woman who traveling in the Hyundai, was airlifted to Cooper Hospital, where she later died, according to police. 

NJSP Sgt. Brian Polite cautioned that the information was "very preliminary." 

Polite said the cause of the accident is as yet unknown and that the case is still under investigation. He could not comment on whether anyone else involved in the crash had been injured.

Khan was charged with driving while intoxicated.

West Deptford resident Tim Vedder, who lives near the high school, recorded video footage with his phone of first responders setting up a landing site for emergency helicopters.

"My youngest was up, so I said, 'let’s go take a ride'," Vedder recalled. "Something happened bad. That noise was just way too loud."

Stay with Patch for more information as it becomes available. For other local weekend traffic updates as you travel over the Fourth of July holiday, click here.

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