Driver pleads not guilty in farmers market crash
PATERSON (AP) — A driver accused of causing a deadly weekend crash at a Hawthorne farmers market has pleaded not guilty.
James Woetzel, of Hawthorne, was brought into court in a wheelchair on Wednesday.
Woetzel is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death. He remains held on $200,000 bail.
He was ordered to surrender his driver’s license and undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Authorities say the 48-year-old drove his pickup truck through a barricade on Sunday, hitting three people, knocking over stands and sending produce into the air.
Fifty-eight-year-old Donna Wine, of Hawthorne, was dragged for three blocks and killed. Two others were treated at a hospital.
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