Officials: 3 killed, 2 injured in accident on Route 1 in Lawrence; truck driver charged

New video obtained tonight by News 12 may be vital in case of a fatal accident in Lawrence. Three people are dead, including two children,

The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office says two of the fatalities were children.

The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office says two of the fatalities were children. (8/3/13)

LAWRENCE - Three people are dead, including two children, after a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Route 1 yesterday evening, and now the driver of the rig is facing charges.

The accident happened at around 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Brunswick Pike and Darrah Lane. The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office says a Chevy Tahoe that carried a family crashed into a tractor-trailer that was apparently making an illegal U-turn.

Exclusive surveillance video obtained by News 12 shows the tractor-trailer slowing down as it enters the intersection and begin to make what looks like an illegal U-turn when the SUV comes into view.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Jamella Tisdale was killed, along with 9-year-old Jaevon Durante and Jaden Tisdale, who was 3 months old.

The driver of the SUV, Shaqwan Tisdale, 25, of Levittown, Pa., and another child, 8-year-old Mellady Durante, remain hospitalized in stable condition. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer has been identified as 45-year-old Richard Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y. He is charged with three counts of death by auto, and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
 

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