On Tuesday, July 31, two teenage girls were killed in Cape May County, New Jersey, by a man who was later arrested for DUI and homicide by vehicle. The car accident occurred just before 9:30 p.m. on Bayshore Road near the Green Creek Fire House in Middle Township.
According to news sources, the suspect's sport utility vehicle hit the victims who were walking along the side of the road. They were 13 and 15 years old and cousins. The older girl's sister was also walking with them but wasn't hurt.
"She got out of the way but, by the time she screamed out up ahead, this monster was already on top of them," said the father of one of the victims.
Rescue crews arrived on the scene but were unable to revive the two girls. They were pronounced dead before they could be transported to the hospital.
One of the victims and her sister were from the area. The other girl who died was visiting from northeast Philadelphia.
The suspect, who was apprehended by police that night, was in court on Thursday, August 2, where he was arraigned on second-degree death by vehicular homicide, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane of travel, consumption of an alcoholic beverage by an operator of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated charges.
Instead of being held on bail, law enforcement officials detained the suspect in the Cape May County Correctional Center.
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