Authorities said the 44-year-old man had an adverse reaction to street drugs and lost control of his vehicle.
By Matt Skoufalos
A 44-year-old Marlton man lost control of his vehicle in Cherry Hill on Christmas Eve in a fatal highway accident that also knocked out power to three nearby communities.
At 5:35 p.m. Thursday, first responders from the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments arrived at the scene of the single-car accident: Route 70 eastbound near the Cuthbert Boulevard exit.
There they discovered an overturned 2014 Acura that had collided with two utility poles. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not released.
A subsequent autopsy revealed that the man had an adverse reaction to street drugs, said Detective Fawn Landay of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Landay also said the death was ruled accidental.
Traffic was closed on Route 70 Eastbound for the better part of 90 minutes as PSE&G crews worked to restore power and first responders cleared the roadway of debris.