Two Westfield Men Charged with Drunk Driving in January Accident That Killed Scotch Plains Woman

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The intersection of North Avenue at Tuttle Parkway, where Patricia Currie of Scotch Plains was killed in January. Two Westfield men have been charged with drunk driving in connection with the accident, which also seriously injured another man. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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WESTFIELD, NJ - Two Westfield men have been charged with driving while intoxicated after both struck a Scotch Plains woman in a domino-effect January accident that left the woman dead and another man seriously injured.

According to police, around 6:05 p.m. on Jan. 26, a car driven by Patricia Currie, 68, of Scotch Plains was passing through the intersection of North Avenue at Tuttle Parkway when it appears she grazed a pedestrian as he crossed the street, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. Currie immediately stopped and offered assistance to the man, attempting to lead him across the street. Witnesses reported that as the two walked across the road, a Chevy Cavalier, driven by Charles Casiere, 84, of Westfield struck the pair, propelling them several yards down North Avenue. Casiere, who stopped at the scene, was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and reckless driving.

Almost immediately after, a GMC pickup driven by John Diaz, 73, of Westfield, struck Currie, who was now in the roadway, said Romankow. Diaz was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failure to report an accident, and reckless driving.

Currie was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. The male pedestrian, whose name has not been released, was transported to University Hospital in Newark for treatment.

At this point the case remains an active investigation and additional charges may be filed, Romankow said.

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