†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office

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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: April 17, 2014

 

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Tractor-trailer driver charged with auto fatality

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department announced that a tractor-trailer driver was arrested today and charged with crashing into a car on Route 9 and killing the driver.

 

††††††††† Stephen Seidl, 49, of Robbinsville, was charged with aggravated manslaughter and death by auto for causing the crash that killed Heidi Bennett, 50, of Freehold on March 31, 2014.

 

††††††††† Bail has been set at $300,000.

 

Seidl was arrested at his home after an investigation by Officer John Bulin of the Old Bridge Police Department and Investigator Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office determined the tractor-trailer driver was under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance at the time of the crash.

 

The investigation showed the victim was stopped for a red light in the center southbound lane of Route 9 at the Old Mill Road intersection in Old Bridge when her 2002 Hyundai Accent was struck in the rear at 12:33 p.m. by the tractor-trailer, which was being driven by Seidl.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Bulin of the Old Bridge Police Department at (732) 679-5959, or Investigator Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-3373.

 

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Seidl are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.