WESTFIELD, NJ – Two Westfield men charged with driving while intoxicated in February 2012 admitted in court yesterday that they had been drinking when both hit Patricia Currie, 68, of Scotch Plains, according to NJ.com. Currie died in the bizarre domino-effect accident that took place that January evening. In an ironic twist, both drivers were Westfield crossing guards.
As reported by TAP last year, according to Westfield police, around 6:05 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2012, a car driven by Currie 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, 85, of Westfield struck the pair, propelling them several yards down North Avenue.
Almost immediately after, a GMC pickup driven by John Diaz, 75, of Westfield, struck Currie, who was now in the roadway. Currie was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
Casiere pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault with an automobile, while Diaz pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, according to NJ.com.
Additional reporting by Christy Potter Kass.