Timothy Seidel is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Bridgeton today on charges surrounding the July 8 auto accident that claimed the life of an on-duty Millville police officer.
Seidel’s arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. before Superior Court Judge Darrell M. Fineman at the Cumberland County courthouse, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said.
Seidel, 23, of the Laurel Lake section of Commercial Township, is charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter and single counts of eluding, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault in connection with death of Millville Police Officer Christopher Reeves.
Authorities said Seidel is at the Cumberland County jail on $500,000 cash bail set on those criminal charges.
Authorities said Seidel was transferred late last week to the jail from Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he spent time in critical condition because of injuries suffered in the crash. Seidel is in the jail’s medical unit, where he will remain for an undisclosed amount of time, authorities said.
Reeves died in car accident shortly after 2 a.m. at Third and Broad streets in Millville. The accident occurred when Seidel hit the police cruiser Reeves was using to give new city police Officer Jonathan Seidel a tour of the city. Jonathan Seidel, who was also injured in the crash, is not related to Timothy Seidel.
City police said they started following Timothy Seidel near High Street and Harrison Avenue after he allegedly hit another police cruiser in that area. Officials with the state PBA said Millville police were chasing Seidel.
Authorities said last week they have also charged Seidel with motor vehicle offenses that include two counts each of reckless driving and failure to observe a traffic signal. Seidel is also charged with single counts of driving the wrong way on a one-way street, failure to keep right, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.
Webb-McRae said a decision to file other charges is pending the results of toxicology tests.
Authorities have not commented on whether Seidel was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.
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