Willem Specht identified as Woodbury diner crash victim; driver charged with DWI
Willem Specht Death – Police determined 62-year-old Willem Specht backed up and hit a 61-year-old man who just walked out of the diner.
Court documents say Specht’s car jumped the curb, slammed into the victim who was pinned under the car and impaled onto the handicapped railing.
The victim, identified as Joseph DeVito, 61, of Wantagh, suffered severe trauma and was rushed to the hospital. He died about an hour later. Police say Specht’s blood alcohol level was over three times the legal limit. Specht was charged with driving while intoxicated, manslaughter and reckless endangerment. He is being held on $250,000 bail. Specht is scheduled back in court to face a judge on Jan. 23.
Related topic: Mount Laurel, NJ man killed in 2-car crash outside own restaurant
The neighbourhood is in grief over the death of a local businessman who was killed in a collision last weekend as he was leaving his own family’s restaurant. The Mount Laurel, New Jersey, resident Glenn Keen, 52, was rear-ended by another car on September 3 as he was leaving Cucina Carini’s parking lot, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. Around 8 o’clock in the evening, a collision occurred in the 1300 block of Hainesport-Mount Laurel Road, according to police; a township primary school is directly across the street from the restaurant.
After being flown to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Keen passed away that evening. With non-life threatening wounds, the second driver was transported by EMS to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. According to the prosecutor’s office on Thursday, there are currently no charges pending in this case. According to his obituary, Glenn Keen and his wife, Paula, launched the restaurant in 1995, the same year they were married.
Paula Keen, their two boys, as well as his parents and other family members, are his survivors. “Glenn is renowned for his courage, modesty, and grounded demeanour. His obituary, which was echoed by numerous comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page, read: “He worked tirelessly throughout his life with his love and devotion to Paula, Vincenzo, and Anthony as his driving force in everything. At Riverton’s Sacred Heart Church, funeral services were held on Thursday.
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