James Woetzel pleads not guilty in Hawthorne farmers market crash

The driver accused of causing a weekend crash that left one woman dead and two people injured at a farmers market in northern New Jersey

Woetzel is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving

Woetzel is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

PATERSON - The driver accused of causing a weekend crash that left one woman dead and two people injured at a farmers market in northern New Jersey has pleaded not guilty.
    
James Woetzel, of Hawthorne, was brought into court in a wheelchair on Wednesday.
    
Woetzel is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death. He remains held on $200,000 bail.
    
He was ordered to surrender his driver's license and undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
    
Authorities say the 48-year-old drove his pickup truck through a barricade on Sunday, hitting three people, knocking over stands and sending produce into the air.
    
Fifty-eight-year-old Donna Wine, of Hawthorne, was dragged for three blocks and killed. Two others were treated at a hospital.
    
The market was preparing to close for the day when the crash occurred. It is expected to reopen on Aug. 24 in the Library parking lot, according to the market’s Facebook page.

A candlelight vigil for Wine is being planned for Thursday night.

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