Theresa McElvarr: Drunk driver charged with homicide for crash that killed girl, 17, injured 4 others

Theresa McElvarr, 58, of Shamong, was driving a Hyundai Tucson just after midnight on June 13 when she struck head-on a car being driven by Gianna Mastalski, 17

Theresa McElvarr: Drunk driver charged with homicide for crash that killed girl, 17, injured 4 others
Theresa McElvarr was accused of four charges of vehicular assault and vehicular homicide (Burlington County Prosecutor's Office)
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BURLINGTON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY: A New Jersey woman has been charged with drunk driving for triggering a car accident in June that killed a juvenile girl and injured four other people. Theresa McElvarr, 58, of Shamong, was operating a Hyundai Tucson just after midnight on June 13 near Stokes Road and Pawnee Trail in Medford Lakes when a collision occurred, according to the police.

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McElvarr crossed into the wrong lane and struck head-on a car being driven by Gianna Mastalski, 17, who was carrying four other 17-year-old girls. McElvarr, the teens were transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. McElvarr and three girls were treated for injuries including fractured bones at the hospital. Mastalski was transported to Virtua Marlton Hospital, where she died at 1.45 am, 1010 WINS reported.

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At the time of her death, Mastalski had just received her diploma from Clearview High School. Her obituary stated that she enjoyed singing, skateboarding, doing her makeup, and spending time with family and friends. On Wednesday, police delivered a warrant for McElvarr's arrest to her residence, where she is still recuperating from the injuries she incurred in the collision. She was accused of four charges of vehicular assault and vehicular homicide. In 2016, McElvarr's driver's license was suspended twice as a result of two separate drunk driving offenses that occurred just a few weeks apart, according to court documents. In January 2022, she was also accused of driving under the influence. 

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In another news that MEAWW reported last month, disturbing footage shows the moment a brave Pennsylvania woman pushes a baby stroller out of the way just seconds before being struck by a vehicle. The vehicle was allegedly being driven by a drunk driver who struck the woman sending her flying into the air before she hit the ground while the driver attempted to flee the scene. 

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The horrifying incident took place on October 27 around 3.40 pm near the intersection of Cedar Avenue and East Palm Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Miriam Palaguache was crossing the street with a baby in the stroller when Juan Medina-Cruz, 57, could be seen speeding through the intersection. The woman instantly used her reflex and pushed the baby out of the way within split seconds as she was struck by the car. Fortunately, the infant was left unharmed but Miriam Palaguache suffered grievous injury. Juan Medina-Cruz who was reportedly reeking of alcohol at the time of the incident is currently facing several charges including aggravated assault by a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and DUI, Daily Mail reported.

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