Camden man charged in fatal Route 130 crash

The Action Cam was on the scene of a multi-vehicle accident in Edgewater Park, New Jersey on Monday, February 21, 2011.

February 22, 2011 5:17:12 PM PST
A Camden man has been charged for causing the death of a passenger in his SUV and injuring several others during a multi-vehicle collision in Edgewater Park yesterday.

Floyd M. Jones, 48, was charged with one count of Causing a Death while Driving with a Suspended License (Third Degree), one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Third Degree) and seven counts of Causing Serious Bodily Injury While Driving with a Suspended License (Fourth Degree).

Jones's New Jersey driver's license has been suspended since 1990.

Additional charges could be filed pending the outcome of toxicology tests.

The collision occurred at approximately 1:00 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 130 South and Cooper Street in Edgewater Park.

According to the investigation, the SUV being driven by Jones collided with the rear of another vehicle, sending that vehicle into a bus stop shelter and striking a pedestrian.

The vehicle then crashed into a traffic light standard.

The SUV being driven by Jones flipped onto its roof and struck two other vehicles.

In total, 12 people were injured, including one fatality. Joette Beatty, 57, of Willingboro, N.J., who was a passenger in the Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by Jones, was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Of those who were injured, one remains in serious condition and another, a 13-year-old female who was in the SUV being driven by Jones, is in critical condition.

Jones, who was not seriously injured, was taken into custody today at the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.

His bail was set at $100,000 with no 10 percent option.

He was lodged in Burlington County Jail and will have a first appearance tomorrow in Superior Court in Burlington County.