Friday, May 10, 2013
Patricia Currie's brother says suspended sentences send the wrong message.
Charles Casiere, 85, and John Diaz, 75, both of Westfield, will not serve any jail time for their roles in the death of Patricia Currie, 68, of Scotch Plains. The Westfield crossing guards, who admitted they had been drinking at the Knights of Columbus, located on North Avenue in Westfield, before they hit Currie at the intersection of North Avenue and Tuttle Parkway on Jan. 25, 2012, appeared before Union County Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue Friday morning for sentencing. Currie, a hospice nurse, had grazed pedestrian David Kervick with her car and was attempting to lead him to safety when she was hit first by Casiere and then, moments later, by Diaz. Currie, a mother of two, died later of her injuries. Under plea agreements …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Charles Casiere and John Diaz pleaded guilty to drinking prior to hitting Patricia Currie on North Avenue in January of 2012.
The sentencing date for Charles Casiere, 85, and John Diaz, 75, of Westfield, who pleaded guilty to drinking before hitting and killing Patricia Currie has been postponed, according to Diaz's attorney Anthony Rinaldo. Sentencing, originally set for Friday, April 26, has been moved to Friday, May 10. Rinaldo said several factors contributed to the postponement, including the inability of an attorney to make this Friday's date. The attorney also explained that more time was needed to gather additional medical information about his client, who suffers from several health conditions. In March, Casiere, a Westfield crossing guard, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault with an automobile in the …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Patricia Currie of Scotch Plains died after being hit by Charles Casiere and John Diaz of Westfield.
Charles Casiere and John Diaz of Westfield told Superior Court Judge John Triarsi that they'd been drinking before they hit Patricia Currie, 68, of Scotch Plains in January of 2012, according to a report by NJ.com. Casiere, 85, had completed his shift as a school crossing guard at approximately 4 p.m. when he went to the Knights of Columbus hall for "two or three vodkas," he told Triarsi. Shortly after 6 p.m., Casiere got behind the wheel of his Chevy Cavalier and struck Currie, a nurse, who died of the injuries she sustained, according to the report. Diaz, 75, also a crossing guard, admitted he'd had a beer at his home before drinking two Miller Lites at the KoC hall. Diaz hit Currie with his GMC pickup truck in the moments after she'd …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Do Westfield's pedestrians and drivers observe the law in crosswalks?
According to a recent report by NJ.com, the New Jersey state law that requires motorists to stop rather than simply yield to pedestrians in crosswalks has been met with mixed results. After New Jersey experienced a disproportionate number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities, the state enacted the law in 2010 but, according to NJ.com's report, it hasn't been entirely effective. Fatalities are down, but some areas of New Jersey, including Westfield, have still had deadly accidents in the crosswalks. According to Janna Chernetz who focuses on pedestrian safety as a New Jersey advocate for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional transportation policy watchdog group, drivers and pedestrians are both responsible for safety in …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Charles Casiere, 84, was charged today with vehicular homicide and assault by auto, while John Diaz, 74, was charged with second degree leaving the scene of an accident.
Charles Casiere, 84, and John Diaz, 74, both of Westfield, were served with additional charges earlier today in connection with the fatal accident that took the life of Patricia Currie, 68, of Scotch Plains, in late January, announced Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr. Casiere, who stopped at the scene, was previously charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and reckless driving. Today, he was charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto. Diaz was previously charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failure to report an accident and reckless driving. Today, he was charged with second degree leaving the scene of an…
Monday, February 27, 2012
Charles Casiere, 84, and John Diaz, 73, both of Westfield, were charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and reckless driving in the accident that killed Patricia Currie, 68, of Scotch Plains.
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Monday, February 27, 2012
Charles Casiere, 84, and John Diaz, 73, both of Westfield, were charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and reckless driving following an investigation of the fatal accident that occurred on Jan. 26, the Union County Prosecutor's Office announced in a press release Monday afternoon. Diaz was also charged with failure to report an accident. Both the Union County Prosecutor's Office and the Westfield Police Department continue to investigate the accident that killed Patricia Currie, 68, of Scotch Plains, and left another man seriously injured, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. According to police, around 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, a car driven by Currie, was passing …
Monday, January 30, 2012
The good samaritan, a 68-year-old Scotch Plains resident killed in a tragic Westfield accident last week, was remembered at a Mass at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman-Catholic Church.
As slivers of light shined through the stained-glass windows of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, friends and family came together to celebrate the life of Patricia Currie, the Scotch Plains woman who died in a tragic traffic accident in Westfield last week. Steadying herself at the lectern, buoyed by the support of her brother Craig, who stood next to her, Tricia Adams said that their mother “died doing what came naturally to her — helping those in need. “My mother was a compassionate woman who always opened her heart and home to everyone,"she said. "She lived life as a caretaker to many. As a nurse working in a hospice, she comforted so many families of the terminally ill. You are an inspiration to me and although you …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Police continue to investigate the fatal accident that occured Wednesday evening on North Avenue West and Tuttle Parkway.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Union County Prosecutor's Office and Westfield Police Department continue to investigate a fatal accident that occurred Wednesday night and left one woman dead and another man seriously injured, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. According to police, around 6:05 p.m. a car driven by Patricia Currie, 68, of Scotch Plains was passing through the intersection of North Avenue at Tuttle Parkway when it appears she grazed a pedestrian as he crossed the street, said Romankow. Currie immediately stopped and offered assistance to the man, attempting leading him across the street. Witnesses reported that as the two walked across the road, a Chevy Cavalier, driven by a Westfield resident, struck the pair causing injuries and …