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Wantage Man Arrested in Clifton Crash that Killed Child

By rlsmetro on

Passaic County officials announce that based upon an investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Clifton Police Department, Mr. Chad Hines, 41 from Wantage, was arrested Tuesday in relation to an investigation that began on August 25, 2020.

Police said Mr. Hines is charged with Death by Auto, Second Degree; Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide, Third Degree; and Assault by Auto; Third Degree.

According to police, at approximately 10:07 a.m., on Wednesday, August 25th, police responded to the area of Route 3 Westbound and Allwood Road in the City of Clifton on a report of a multi-vehicle crash.

Police say the investigation revealed that a 2005 Mack Conventional Cab dump truck, being operated by Mr. Hines, struck a 2019 Honda Civic driven by a 25-year-old female Clifton resident.

According to police, the female as well as a minor passenger were transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center for medical treatment for serious injuries sustained as a result of the crash.

Police say the child passenger succumbed to her injuries on August 29, 2020.

Based on the results of the investigation, Mr. Hines was charged.

Mr. Hines will appear at Central Judicial Processing Court on December 9, 2020 according to police. 

The State intends to file a motion for pretrial detention, which will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.