Blackwood woman charged after fatal wrong-way collision

GLOUCESTER TWP. – A Blackwood woman faces criminal charges after allegedly driving on the wrong side of Black Horse Pike and causing a fatal head-on crash, police say.

Elizabeth McDonel, 47, and five occupants of an oncoming vehicle were hospitalized after the February 4 crash near the Landing Road intersection, according to Gloucester Township Police.

McDonel, who was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the 2:04 p.m. crash, was originally charged with five counts of assault by automobile.

She now faces an additional charge of motor vehicle death following the death of a passenger in the second vehicle, police said on Monday.

According to a police account, McDonel was driving a northbound SUV in a southbound lane, causing several vehicles to stray. His vehicle then hit an SUV carrying five people.

McDonel and the occupants of the second vehicle were taken to Cooper University Hospital.

One of the passengers, Melinda S. Hart, 66, of Philadelphia, died March 15 after remaining in “critical and unstable condition since the collision,” police said.

McDonel, a resident of the 1200 block of West Atlantic Avenue, is also charged with impaired driving.

Jim Walsh covers public safety, economic development and other topics for the Courier-Post, the Burlington County Times and the Daily Journal.

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This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: Elizabeth McDonel charged with driving the wrong way in Black Horse Pike crash