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Arrest Made in Connection With Fatal Accident

PATERSON, NJ- An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in the city last month.

According to a statement issued by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Deputy Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, Aaron Burton, 33, a resident of Hackensack, faces five charges including Death by Auto While Driving Intoxicated Within 1000 Feet of School Property, First Degree, and Assault by Auto Causing Serious Bodily Injury While Driving Intoxicated, Third Degree.

 The arrest comes after an investigation into the incident in which Paterson police responded to the area of 135 East 18th Street to a report of a serious motor vehicle accident at approximately 3:40 a.m. on September 9.  A total of 11 cars, parked along both sides of East 18th Street were damaged in the collision in which Mr. Burton and one of his passengers, Jason Demmie, also of Hackensack, were ejected from the vehicle, a 2008 Crown Victoria. A third passenger, Antonio Clark of Teaneck was also injured. Mr. Demmie succumbed to his injuries shortly after the accident and was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

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Burton is scheduled to appear at Central Judicial Processing on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:30, p.m. While the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty he was, according to the investigation, operating his vehicle at an extensive rate of speed and was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.213 percent at the time of the crash.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Traffic Bureau at 973-321-1112.

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