SOUTHAMPTON — A 50-year-old resident of Winslow Township has been charged with vehicular homicide and other offenses in connection with a March crash that claimed the life of a man from Bridgeton who worked as a State Police dispatcher.

According to the New Jersey State Police, Regis Vitale Jr. was under the influence of drugs when he drove his GMC Silverado across the center line of Route 206 and struck a Jeep Patriot being driven by the victim, 62-year-old Daryl "Skip" Akers.

Akers, who was on his way to work, was pronounced dead at the scene while Vitale was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment.

A search warrant of Vitale's vehicle on March 12 uncovered methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, THC, and drug paraphernalia, police said.

As a result of a toxicology report from the crash, and information obtained during the course of the investigation, officials determined that Vitale was under the influence of methamphetamine and marijuana while he was operating the motor vehicle.

On May 25, Vitale was charged with vehicular homicide, strict liability vehicular homicide, possession of dangerous controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was placed on house arrest due to his serious injuries sustained from the crash.

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