Speed and alcohol apparently were the dangerous mix that left one motorist dead and another injured early Sunday in Gloucester County, authorities said.
Lateef Scarlett and John Dingle Jr., both 21 and from Clayton, crashed their vehicles about 4:40 a.m. on Jackson Avenue in Franklinville, officials said. The men, who were acquaintances, were racing down the street, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
Scarlett, who would have turned 22 on Wednesday, drowned when his 1992 BMW sedan overturned as it plunged into a body of water off the roadway, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office. His body was pulled from the vehicle about two hours after the accident, the prosecutor's office said.