Police were chasing a man just before 10 p.m. Monday night after a drug sale in Trenton. The man struck and killed a young woman in Hamilton Township during the chase.
The New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Unit was conducting a narcotics investigation in Trenton on Monday night. After observing what appeared to be an illegal drug transaction, officers attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on a gray Chevy Trailblazer. The driver fled the scene and was pursued by police. Officers stopped following the Trailblazer in the Whitehorse Circle area of Hamilton Township, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. The Trailblazer continued north on Broad Street. At the intersection of Broad Street and Park Avenue, the driver of the Trailblazer ran a red light and struck a black Honda Civic attempting a left hand turn onto Park Avenue. The Civic was struck on the passenger side door, and forced the car hit a telephone pole.
The driver of the Honda Civic, 22-year-old Deja Farrior of Trenton, was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
The driver of the Trailblazer, later identified as Chandler Heaviside, 22, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was caught by police officers. A bundle of heroin was found on the Trailblazer floorboard, and Heaviside was also carrying heroin, according to the prosecutor’s office. The Jackson resident has been charged with drug possession, death by auto while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, causing death while driving with a suspended license, and assault by auto and eluding.
Two other passengers who were in the vehicle with Heaviside were also caught at the scene. Lawrence Sears, 28, of Manchester, and Harry Remington III, 25, of Brick, were both treated and released from the hospital. Both were charged with drug possession.
The incident is being investigated by Detective Tony Abarno of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Serious Collision Response Team, the Hamilton Township Police Division Traffic Unit, and the New Jersey State Police.