TRENTON — The driver of the
Mack truck that caused a fatal accident on Route 1 in West Windsor last week had a blood alcohol content of 0.07 percent, according to a breath test administered at the scene, prosecutors said yesterday.
Lorin Fisher, 65, has been charged with death by auto, driving while under the influence and aggravated assault by auto following the March 20 death of Charles Inman, 67, of South Brunswick, who was killed after the 2010 Mack truck Fisher was driving hit the back of his Lexus, which was stopped at a red light. An additional aggravated assault charge was added to account for the serious injuries sustained in the accident by Inman’s wife, Pamela, who is still in the hospital, Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Lew Korngut said.
While Fisher’s blood alcohol content read below the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Korngut said results of blood work are forthcoming. Fisher told police after the accident that he had had a shot of gin and a beer earlier that day, Korngut said.
He said Fisher told police he was attempting to stop at the red light on Route 1 at Harrison Street, where Inman’s Lexus was stopped, and that he didn’t see the car. Korngut also said it was possible a manslaughter charge could be filed against Fisher.
At a hearing yesterday morning, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez set a bail of $150,000 in cash, bond or property after listening to public defender Jenna Casper explain that Fisher lived with and was the primary caretaker for his 85-year-old mother in Philadelphia.
“If there were a single victim, it would be more appropriate for a lower range, but we have to account for both victims,” Jimenez said.
Inman was the founder of the annual Battle Against Hunger event, a 200-mile bike ride that concludes in Trenton. Benefiting local hunger relief efforts, the event has raised $650,000 in the past 11 years, including $70,000 from the 2013 ride.
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