Nicholas Schroeder dies after vehicle loses control on I-295
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Nicholas Schroeder dies after vehicle loses control on I-295

Nicholas Schroeder dies after vehicle loses control on I-295

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A Maple Shade man died when his vehicle lost control on Interstate 295 in Burlington County on July 5, police say.

Separately, a Swedesboro man faces criminal charges after allegedly fleeing a fatal accident with a child in his vehicle.

In the more recent accident, Nicholas Schroeder, 26, was driving a Land Rover that ran off the left side of southbound 295 in Westampton around 12:35 pm, according to New Jersey State Police.

Schroeder’s vehicle hit a guard rail, then returned to the roadway and struck a vehicle. It ran off the road to the right, hit several trees and overturned near milepost 44.4, according to New Jersey State Police.

The other driver was unhurt.

A GoFundMe appeal has raised more than $23,000 for Schroeder’s burial expenses. It recalls the accident victim’s “shining personality” and describes him as “a huge sports fanatic.”

In the other crash, Deandre Brown-Palmer, 44, allegedly struck a bicyclist on Shirley Road in Upper Pittsgrove shortly before 7 pm on July 2.

Brown-Palmer allegedly struck Douglas Nutt, 62, of Elmer while the victim was pedaling on the shoulder of the opposite lane of traffic.

The motorist drove onto the opposing lane’s shoulder while trying to pass a vehicle, according to a probable cause statement.

Nutt, who died at the scene, spent his career in the insurance industry, an obituary said.

He was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, enjoyed camping with his family, visiting car shows, and displaying his vintage pickup trucks, a 1972 Chevy C10 and a 1971 Ford F100.

Brown-Palmer, who had a 3-year-old passenger in his car, fled the accident, then doubled back and drove through the scene in the opposite direction, a witness told police.

He allegedly made another U-turn and drove through the accident scene again, this time with police in pursuit.

Brown-Palmer stopped after the driver of a passing firetruck deliberately blocked an intersection, the probable cause statement says.

Elmer police officers took him into custody.

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Brown-Palmer “exhibited signs of impairment” and admitted to drinking alcohol before driving, the statement continues.

It says the driver told police he could not remember hitting the victim.

Charges against Brown-Palmer include vehicular homicide, eluding and knowingly leaving the scene of an accident.

He also is accused of endangering the welfare of a minor.

The charges are only indicative. Brown-Palmer has not been convicted in the case.

Jim Walsh is a senior reporter with the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal. Email: [email protected].