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East Orange Police Chase Leaves Pedestrian, Dog Dead

Prosecutors have filed aggravated manslaughter charges against a driver who allegedly was fleeing from police when he struck and killed a man walking his dog on a northern New Jersey street.

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Tariq Sewell also faces numerous other charges, including death by auto and heroin possession.

Authorities say the 26-year-old Union Township man was speeding and driving with a suspended license when he hit 55-year-old Darroll Morris of East Orange around 6:30 a.m. Monday. But they wouldn’t say why police were pursuing him.

Morris was pronounced dead at the scene, and his dog, a Shih-Tzu, also was killed. The accident occurred less than a block from Morris’ home.

Sewell was captured shortly after the crash. Five other people were in his car, including a teenage girl, but none have been charged.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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