Richard Williams, a semi-truck driver out of Brooklyn, is being held on $100,000 bail after being charged with three counts of death by auto after a fatal semi crash.
Police say Shaqwan Tisdale, 25, was driving his Tahoe at the intersection of Brunswick Pike and Darrah Lane in Lawrence Township, when Williams made an illegal U-turn. The Tahoe slammed in to the side of the tractor-trailer.
Tisdale had four other passengers, his wife 25-year-old Jamella Tisdale, 9-year-old Jaevon Durante, 8-year-old Mellady Durante, and their 3-month-old son Jaden Tisdale.
First responders had to cut away at the vehicle for several hours to remove the survivors from the vehicle. They propped the tractor-trailer up so that in would shift while they were attempting to rescue those trapped.
Jamella, Jaevon and Jaden all died in the crash. Shaqwan and Mellady were treated at the hospital before later being released.
The family was on its way the Tisdaleâs album release part when the accident occurred. Tisdale is a gospel artist and songwriter. Friends said Tisdale was inconsolable. âHis whole family is torn apart,â friend Deborah Sedam said. âHe was crying and asking God for help.â
Those familiar with area said Williams could have gone an extra 100 yards and found a safe, legal and easy place for a U-turn.
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