RARITAN, NJ - A Bridgewater man has been charged with driving while intoxicated, with additional criminal charges pending, following the death of a pedestrian who was struck by his vehicle on Old York Road Friday, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
Kevin D. Betyeman, 56, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian. Additional criminal charges are pending the lab results of a toxicology report, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Raritan Borough Police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Old York Road at the intersection of Woodmere Street at about 3:33 p.m. Sept. 18, according to Robertson;. Officers and medical personnel initiated lifesaving measures at the scene, and she was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead, Robertson added.
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team responded to assist Raritan police with the investigation.
The victim was later identified as Celeste Andresen, 60, of Arizona, who was visiting Raritan. Andresen, Robertson said, was an avid runner, and was out for a run when she stopped at a designated pedestrian cross-walk, attempting to cross over Old York Road.
A westbound vehicle on Old York Road and a southbound vehicle on Woodmere Street stopped to allow her to cross, Robertson said. But, about three-quarters of the way across the eastbound lane, Andresen was struck by a 2018 Chevy Silverado being driven by Betyeman., according to the prosecutor
The investigation, Robertson said, revealed that Andresen was crossing in a painted crosswalk and pedestrian crossing signs were visible.
Betyeman was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated. He has been released pending a future court appearance.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Raritan Borough Police Department at 908-725-6700, or via the STOPit app.