A Central New Jersey man is facing homicide by vehicle and DUI charges in Philadelphia after he struck and killed a recovering addict outside a Northeast drug and alcohol treatment facility last Thursday.
The victim, 53-year-old Stanley Anderson, was standing at a bus stop shelter on Roosevelt Boulevard at Southampton Road at about 11:19 a.m. when a southbound pickup truck careened out of control and struck him, police said. Nicholas Schinella, 24, of Robbinsville, was behind the wheel of the 1997 Ford F150 and traveling at a high rate of speed, when he blew through a red light, collided with a car, veered over a median, then struck Anderson. Other cars had stopped for the same light, but Schinella passed them before entering the intersection illegally, police said.
Schinella’s truck came to rest in the “curb lane” of Roosevelt Boulevard, police said. A 54-year-old man occupied the other car, a 2005 Infinity G35, and was not injured. Schinella had no reported injuries, according to police. Paramedics took Anderson to Aria Health’s Torresdale campus, where he was pronounced dead at 12:09 p.m. Thursday.
Anderson had been living at Self-Help Movement, 2600 Southampton Road. A roommate told 6ABC that Anderson had moved there after being homeless for 10 months. He was recovering and looking forward to rejoining the workforce. A death announcement for Anderson did not identify any relatives. A life celebration is planned for July 16 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Savin Funeral Home, 802 N. 12th St.
Authorities did not disclose the results of a blood-alcohol test on Schinella. He was charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI, involuntary manslaughter, causing death while not properly license and related offenses.
He was released from jail after posting 10 percent of $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a July 20 preliminary hearing. ••