Prosecutor: Newark man charged with driving drunk, causing fatality in Kearny crash

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A Newark man has been charged with driving drunk and causing a fatality in a multi-car crash in Kearny last night, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Inset photo: William Frazier, courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Background photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 6:30 p.m., members of the Kearny Police Department responded to the area of 1806 Harrison Ave. on reports of a collision, Suarez said in a statement.

Upon arrival, responding officers found a multi-vehicle collision involving multiple injured individuals.

The initial investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Kearny Police Department determined that a 2017 Nissan Altima traveling west on Harrison Avenue struck an eastbound 2018 Kia Soul causing the vehicle to veer into westbound lanes where it was struck by a 2009 Freightliner truck (cab only).

Vance Caswell, 26 of Newark, who was a passenger in the Kia, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to St. Michael’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:40 p.m.

The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The drivers of both the Kia and the Freightliner sustained non-life threatening injuries.

They were transported by EMS to University Hospital where they were treated and later released.

The driver of the Nissan Altima, William Frazier, 53, of Newark, has been arrested and charged with causing a death while driving with a suspended license and driving while intoxicated. Additional charges and summonses may be pending, authorities said.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Kearny Police Department with the investigation and the arrest.

The events surrounding the collision remain under investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit with assistance from the Kearny Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

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