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Driver in fatal NJ car rally crash receives prison sentence

  • Gerald White, 38, of New Castle, Delaware, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for his involvement in multiple crashes during a pop-up car rally in southern New Jersey.
  • White was fleeing from another accident in Wildwood when he struck a car and two pedestrians whose blood alcohol levels were more than twice the legal limit.
  • He pleaded guilty in September 2022 to charges related to the deaths of Timothy Ogden, 34, of Clayton, and pedestrian Lindsey Weakland, 18, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

A driver accused of killing two people in separate crashes during pop-up car rallies in southern New Jersey has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison.

Gerald White, 38, of New Castle, Delaware, was killed in September 2022 by Timothy Ogden, 34, of Clayton, and pedestrian Lindsey Weakland, 18, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He pleaded guilty in December to manslaughter and aggravated assault charges in the death.

The plea agreement called for 25 years in prison, but White’s lawyers asked for 15 years at Thursday’s sentencing hearing. However, Superior Court Judge J. Christopher Gibson cited White’s extensive criminal history in sentencing him to a full term.

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White, who was previously listed as living in Pittsburgh, struck a car and two pedestrians while fleeing from another accident in Wildwood. Authorities said his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. Officials say he is subject to the No Early Release Act in all respects and must serve 85 percent of his sentence to be eligible for parole.

Gerald White’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the accident. Officials said he is subject to the No Early Release Act in all respects and must serve 85 percent of his sentence to be eligible for parole.

“I pray every day,” White said at his sentencing. “I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone.”

Police from multiple communities struggled to control the chaotic situation. According to news reports, videos on social media show the modified car revving its engine, speeding off to the cheers of a crowd, and the driver dangling from the car in a circle, as well as burnouts, drifting and other scenes. A collision is shown.

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Participants claim that such events give enthusiasts a chance to gather and check out cars, but New Jersey authorities reported writing hundreds of tickets and citations. Storefronts were damaged and traffic meters were down. Other areas, including Ocean City, Maryland, have also reported problems during such events.

“The tragic deaths of Lindsey Weakland and Timothy Ogden are heartbreaking losses that their friends, loved ones and families will never get over,” Cape May County Attorney Jeffrey Sutherland said in a statement. Ta. He warned “those considering participating in illegal and unlicensed car rallies” that such behavior will not be tolerated.

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