Authorities in Gloucester County have filed charges against a woman who, they say, was using a hand-held cell phone when a fatal crash occurred late last year.

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30-year-old Lashaya Goldsmith of Camden is facing one count of death by auto and assault by auto for the accident on Malaga Road in Williamstown on November 10th.

According to the Monroe Township Police Department, an investigation determined that Goldsmith was traveling westbound on Malaga Road when she drifted into the eastbound lane, hitting a Mack truck being driven by 62-year-old Richard Lupton of Newport.

After the impact, the truck crossed into the opposing lane and hit a westbound car driven by 27-year-old Anastasia Keermann of Millville. From there, the truck then entered a yard and struck a tree.

Malaga Road at Morgan Road in Monroe Township NJ - Photo: Google Maps
Malaga Road at Morgan Road in Monroe Township NJ - Photo: Google Maps

Goldsmith was airlifted to Cooper Hospital in Camden for treatment of a serious lower-body injury. Keermann was taken to Jefferson Hospital in Washington Township for evaluation. Lupton was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Multiple witnesses remained at the scene to give information to police.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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