Man pleads guilty to careless driving charge in harvest festival accident that killed toddler

A New Jersey van driver has pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge stemming from an accident at a harvest festival that killed a 2-year-old girl. ( reports that 53-year-old Neil McWilliams, of Mount Olive, entered his plea Monday in Hanover Municipal Court and received fines totaling $239.

The October 2014 accident occurred at Alstede Farms in Chester. Investigators concluded that two vans were shuttling passengers from a parking lot at the festival to a nearby train station when one of the vans rolled into the other.

The girl, her mother and another woman were caught between the vehicles. The women were injured.

McWilliams' lawyer says his client's van was idling but wasn't in the park position. His foot came off the brake and accidentally hit the accelerator.


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