Driver charged with homicide in crash was traveling over 100 mph

The Nutley man slammed into the other vehicle, sending it spinning and into a utility pole, police say.

An Essex County man is facing homicide charges after a crash this summer that killed another driver.

William Dunbar, 25, of Nutley, was charged Thursday with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a news statement. 

William Dunbar.jpgWilliam Dunbar 

He said on Aug. 19, Dunbar was traveling north on Route 73 in Mount Laurel at more than 100 mph when he crashed into the rear of another car, near the intersection with Church Road.

The car that was hit spun, overturned and struck a utility pole before coming to rest. That vehicle’s driver, Christopher Pappas, 34, of Howell, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pappas was a graduate of Monmouth University, where he majored in history and political science. He had worked in sales at Component Hardware in Lakewood for the past two years, according to his obituary.

There were no passengers in either vehicle. 

Dunbar surrendered to Mount Laurel police Thursday and was taken to the Burlington County Jail. He is awaiting a first appearance in Superior Court.

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