Grand Jury Indicts Alleged Driver in Fatal Rt. 1 Accident

Authorities allege that Mitchell R. Depace, 26, of West Windsor was driving the car that struck and killed a 40-year-old woman as she tried to cross Route 1 in Lawrence Township in a motorized wheelchair.

A Mercer County grand jury last week indicted a West Windsor man who, according to authorities, was driving the car that struck and killed a handicapped woman as she tried to cross a Lawrence Township intersection in a motorized wheelchair in August.

The grand jury on Friday (Dec. 7) indicted Mitchell R. Depace, 26, of Jewel Road, West Windsor, on one count of second-degree death by auto, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed.

The deadly accident occurred shortly before 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 23 along the northbound side of Route 1 (Brunswick Pike) at the intersection of Bakers Basin Road/Franklin Corner Road.

Killed was Jennifer L. Grondski, 40, whose last known address was in the 1900 block of Greenwood Avenue, Trenton.

Authorities said Grondski, operating a motorized wheelchair, was attempting to cross Route 1, going east from Franklin Corner Road toward Bakers Basin Road, when she was hit by a 2011 Nissan Altima being driven in the northbound right lane by Depace.

The car hit Grondski with such force that she was thrown a considerable distance; she was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Depace was subsequently arrested and charged with death by auto, driving under the influence and reckless driving.


Sanriobaby December 13, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I remember this story and I'm glad that he is being prosecuted for the death of this poor woman. While some may question why she was even trying to cross the road at that time of night, this man was driving drunk and his reckless actions resulted in a horrible tragedy. There's never an excuse to drive drunk....
ryan snyder December 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM
This drug addict of a lady was apparently crossing this intersection back and fourth on her wheel chair trying to kill herself... he had the green light and on rt one going the speed he was traveling at never got a chance to understand what happened.. he shouldn't of been drinking and driving but does he really deserve this punishment for taking a life from a crackhead that was trying to put herself out of her own misery to begin with? I think not...


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