WEST WINDSOR — A well-known area benefactor and bicyclist was killed and his wife seriously injured in a crash on Route 1 Thursday night when their car was hit from behind by a Mack truck.
The driver of the truck, Lorin Fisher, 65, of Philadelphia, was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated and death by auto, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
The crash killed 67-year-old Charles “Chuck” Inman, who was the founder of the annual Battle Against Hunger 200-mile bike ride event, which concludes in the Trenton area, benefits local charities and raises awareness about hunger in the region.
Inman’s wife Pamela, 67, remains hospitalized at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
Fisher is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center on $300,000 bail for charges of death by auto, aggravated assault, driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to observe a red traffic signal, said Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Petrucci.
The crash occurred at approximately 10:18 p.m. when the truck driven by Fisher rear-ended a Lexus driven by Charles Inman with his wife in the passenger seat.
The Inmans’ car was stopped behind a 2011 BMW in the northbound lanes of Route 1 near the intersection with Lower Harrison Street in West Windsor, police said. The Lexus was pushed into the BMW, driven by Roger Dashevsky, of Princeton.
Dashevsky was treated and released at a local hospital.
Fisher had a passenger in the truck who was only identified by police as a 44-year-old from Philadelphia.
The Battle Against Hunger bike tour Charles Inman founded has raised $650,000 for local hunger relief efforts over the past 11 years. The 2013 event held in September included 40 riders who traveled a 200-mile route and raised $70,000.
The organizations that benefit from the bike tour include Rescue Mission of Trenton, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Toni’s Kitchen, Cast Your Cares Ministries, Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, and Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.
Mary Gay Abbott-Young, the CEO of the Rescue Mission of Trenton, remembered Inman as an “incredible guy who truly loved serving the people.”
Aside from the annual bike tour, Inman would attend events at the mission and spend quality time with the mission’s clients including taking them to Trenton Thunder baseball games.
“He was one of the few people who truly enjoyed living his faith every day,” Abbott-Young said. “He enjoyed every day.”
Deeply religious, Inman, a Vietnam war veteran originally from Virginia, was a long-time member of the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pennington, along with his wife.
The Rev. Peggy Hodgkins, the interim rector at the church, described Inman as “the kind of person who attends weekly Bible study and acts out his faith with dedication. Unlike the majority of us, he instituted a way of living out his faith from the heart.” She said he was openly grateful for the blessings that came his way.
Hodgkins described his loss as a major shock to the church community.
“There has already been such an outpouring of grief and concern,” she said. Hodgkins said she has been in contact with the family and went to Capital Health Regional to offer prayers for both Pamela and Charles Inman and comfort to those gathered there.
“Their efforts for the hungry were really like a sign of Christ’s love for a broken world,” Hodgkins said.
Police said there were numerous witnesses to the accident and the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Marylouise Tarr at (609) 799-1222.
Contact Jenna Pizzi at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 989-5717.
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