Police say Polijczuk, owner of the Crab Stop stand in Camden, was behind the wheel of his business' refrigeration-box-equipped pickup truck when the woman was hit while pulling a shopping cart at an unmarked crossing about 7 p.m. Sunday. Police found the truck in Gloucester City on Monday morning and arrested Polijczuk.
Polijczuk posted $192,500 bail later Monday and, according to a phone message at the Crab Stop, sold out of crabs Tuesday.
He did not reply to phone messages left at his home and business.
Horan said Polijczuk's history of bad driving dates back to 1979, when he was 17 and twice cited for speeding.
His first suspension came in May 1980, when he failed to report for a state driving program as required because of the speeding convictions.
In the years that followed, Polijczuk had his license suspended for driving under the influence four times, most recently in 1998, Horan said.
It also has been suspended for moving violations, failure to pay surcharges, and driving with a suspended license.
Polijczuk's license was indefinitely suspended in March 1989, after which he continued to rack up more suspensions, the spokesman said.
"I've seen a lot worse," Horan said, citing one case with 143 suspensions.
Suspensions are essentially self-enforced and there is little officials can do until a violator is stopped again - and, in all likelihood, issued another suspension.
Studies by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have estimated that one in five fatal accidents involves a driver without a license or whose driving privileges have been revoked or suspended.
When their identities can be determined, drivers with suspended or revoked licenses are eight times more likely to leave the scene of an accident than properly licensed drivers, a 2011 update reported.
A 2007 Rutgers University study said about 5 percent of the state's six million licensed drivers - 300,000 people - have their privileges suspended at any one time.
About 64 percent of suspended drivers have more than one suspension, but less than 6 percent have their licenses suspended for purely driving-related reasons, the study said. More likely the suspension is for a variety of motor vehicle infractions, parking tickets, or failure to maintain proper insurance.
Neither the AAA nor the Rutgers study addressed the question of how to prevent motorists with suspended licenses from driving.
There was no announcement Tuesday on funeral arrangements for Putmon, a retired Camden County Board of Social Services clerk who relied on friends or buses to get around.
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