Gloucester County driver dies in street race

Posted: July 30, 2013

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.

It said first responders realized the car's occupant was dead and left the scene undisturbed until it could be documented by the office's crime scene unit.

Dingle was injured when the 1999 Honda Accord he was driving struck a tree, overturned, and caught fire at Jackson and Grant Avenues. Dingle emerged from the car before responders arrived. He was flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he was listed in stable condition with minor injuries, officials said.

Both drivers were alone in their cars. There was an indication from blood drawn from Dingle at Cooper that alcohol might have been a factor in his crash, according to the prosecutor's office.


Contact Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman at sabdur-rahman@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @sabdurr.

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