Authorities: Man Fleeing Police Charged In Fatal Crash In Hamilton Township

HAMILTON Twp., NJ (CBS) — Authorities say a man fleeing police struck and killed a woman in Mercer County, New Jersey Monday night.

Officials say just before 10 p.m., the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Unit was conducting a narcotics investigation in Trenton.

After observing what authorities say appeared to be an illegal drug transaction, units attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on a gray Chevy Trailblazer.

Authorities say the vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed and was pursued by officers with their emergency lights and siren activated.

The pursuit went into Hamilton Township, and officers terminated the chase in the area of Whitehorse Circle as the suspect’s vehicle continued north on Broad Street.

Authorities say at the intersection of Broad Street and Park Avenue, the suspect ran the red light and struck a Honda Civic attempting to make a left hand turn.

Officials say the Civic was struck in the passenger side door and forced into a telephone pole.

Authorities say the driver of the Trailblazer, identified as Chandler Heaviside, exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Heaviside was apprehended by the NJSP with assistance from the Trenton Police Street Crimes Unit.

Authorities say the driver of the Civic, 22-year-old Deja Farrior of Trenton, was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Officials say search of Heaviside revealed possession of heroin.

Authorities say Heaviside, 22, of Jackson, NJ, is charged with drug possession, death by auto while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, causing death while driving with a suspended license, assault by auto and eluding.

The incident is under investigation.

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