Driver charged in June crash that killed 2 on AC Expressway

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A Philadelphia woman was arrested Thursday, Aug. 14 and charged with death by auto in connection with a rollover crash that killed two people and injured four others on the Atlantic City Expressway in June, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

The single-vehicle crash occurred just after 7 a.m. June 20 near milepost 22.7 of the Atlantic City Expressway in Hamilton Township.

Roselyn D. Kornegay, 45, of the 1600 block of Harrison Street was driving a white 1996 Ford F-250 pickup truck westbound on the Expressway when she struck a guardrail along the center median and overturned, police said.

Kornegay and all five passengers – two in the truck cab and three  who were riding in the truck bed were ejected from the vehicle.

All five passengers were from Philadelphia.

Front-seat passenger James Dennis, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene. Kornegay and the other front-seat passenger, a 4-year-old boy, were transported by helicopter to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The child died from his injuries at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The remaining passengers, Dion Kornegay, Brian Gregory and Shaniqua Abrams, were transported by helicopter to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Division in Atlantic City and treated for serious injuries.

An investigation by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office resulted in the following charges against Kornegay: two counts of death by auto, for operating a vehicle and causing death while under the influence of alcohol, a second-degree crime; three counts of assault by auto, a third-degree crime; and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree crime.

Kornegay surrendered at the New Jersey State Police Belmawr Station 8:30 p.m. Thursday and is lodged in the Atlantic County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash/bond bail, set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury.

A second-degree crime carries a potential sentence of five to 10 years in state prison. A third-degree crime carries a potential sentence of five years of imprisonment.

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