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Dump truck driver charged in fatal accident in which car wound up submerged in New Jersey lake

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    Police stand near a smashed car after a collision with a dump truck sent both vehicles into a lake, submerging the car and killing its driver Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Lawrence, N.J. Lawrence police Sgt. Joe Amodio says the truck rammed the car near a traffic light Thursday afternoon and the vehicles wound up in Colonial Lake, with the truck on top of the submerged car. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)The Associated Press

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    A smashed car was removed from the water after a collision with a dump truck sent both vehicles into a lake, submerging the car and killing its driver, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Lawrence, N.J. Lawrence police Sgt. Joe Amodio says the truck rammed the car near a traffic light Thursday afternoon and the vehicles wound up in Colonial Lake, with the truck on top of the submerged car. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)The Associated Press

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    A coroners van is surrounded by privacy sheets after a collision between a dump truck and a car has sent both vehicles into a lake, submerging the car and killing its driver Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Lawrence, N.J. Lawrence police Sgt. Joe Amodio says the truck rammed the car near a traffic light Thursday afternoon and the vehicles wound up in Colonial Lake, with the truck on top of the submerged car. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)The Associated Press

Charges were filed Friday against a dump truck driver who was accused of ramming into a car at a traffic light, sending both vehicles into a nearby lake and killing the car's driver.

Daniel C. Everett, 38, of Westampton, faces death by auto and other charges in the Thursday collision that killed 59-year-old James McLean, of Trenton.

Witnesses told police that Everett was driving erratically and at a high rate of speed when he hit McLean's car at a Lawrence intersection and pushed it more than 200 feet into a park and then into a lake, prosecutors said. McLean's car was stopped at a red light.

It took emergency workers more than two hours to remove the dump truck from the water to get to Everett's body, which was inside the badly damaged car.

Authorities said Friday that Everett remains hospitalized with accident-related injuries. Bail was set at $250,000, and it wasn't immediately known whether he had an attorney.

The accident remained under investigation.

A person answering the phone at the company that owns the dump truck, Scorer Trucking, of Pemberton, declined to comment Friday.

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