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Little Egg Harbor Man Charged in Death of 13-Year-Old Pedestrian

Timothy Hettinger was drunk when he hit Emilee LaFerriere, say prosecutors

A Little Egg Harbor man has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Emilee LaFerriere, the 13-year-old girl struck and killed while walking with a friend in Little Egg on Easter Sunday, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutors say Timothy Hettinger, 47, was drunk when he hit LaFerriere shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday on Radio Road near the intersection of Basswood Lake Road in the Mystic Island section of the township.

According to a story on APP.com Monday, LaFerriere was walking in the residential area with another 13-year-old girl when she was struck. Rescuers were unable to revive her, and she was pronounced dead at approximately 10:30 p.m., prosecutors said in a press release issued today.

Based on field sobriety tests and the observations of officers at the scene, police determined Hettinger was over the legal limit, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said in the release.

"This appears to be yet another tragic death caused by the toxic combination of alcohol and motor vehicle operation," said Ford. "Emilee’s life has been senselessly taken, a family has been shattered, and everyone in the community has suffered a painful loss."

Prosecutors are asking residents with any information on the accident to contact Det. Craig Ally of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, 732-929-2027, or Sgt. Scott Nino of the Little Egg Harbor Police Department, 609-296-3666.

karianne May 22, 2011 at 10:25 PM
i think tht none of youd were there , so all of you need to shhh . like forrel . she was a good friend of mine, and like seriously no she shouldnt be walking that time of night, but shit happens, and bad parenting? her mom loved her ok, and another thing like her mom wasnt a bad mom actually , so dont be judgin people by there cover ,thanks .
Drivingtoofar May 23, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I don't think it is the girls fault...she could easily be walking home from doing homework with a classmate...It is all the drivers fault...Butm karianne...I am not sure anyone will know what you are trying to say. That is horrible english/posting.
kayjay mccloskey June 01, 2011 at 04:09 PM
and it happened in mystic islands , and no there is no side walks. why? i have no idea. there is the street than the side of the rode,... they should get side walks though. but mystic is trash.. i have lived there. and some of the people are jus disrespectful and care about themselves only. but i say lets all fight for side walks in Mystic Island NJ!
Capt. Kirk June 01, 2011 at 06:04 PM
blaming the little girl is a thoughtless statement. the man who used to clean the litter thrown out of cars on rt 9 was killed in a very easy to see intersection on rt 9. no doubt the driver was speeding as well as being on a cell phone. peter coppola spent every day out there to do his part for lacey. the last person i would blame would be him.
courtney September 13, 2011 at 04:50 PM
people dont kno what they are talking about, we didnt have school the next day it was a three day weekend so its normal to be out a little late and she was a block away from her friends house, dont say shit about parenting when emilees mother is a great mom.

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