By Michelle Lampariello
Ewing Township police announced Monday afternoon that David Lamar V, a 22-year-old man from West Windsor, New Jersey, has been charged with seven counts of second-degree assault by auto following the collision early Sunday morning that seriously injured eight people, including five students.
According to police, Lamar was impaired as he drove his black 2018 Kia Optima southbound on Pennington Road. He crossed over the double yellow line, striking a gray 2007 Dodge Charger that was traveling northbound.
Of the eight people who were injured in the crash, two have been released from the hospital. Three people remain in critical condition, and three are in stable condition.
The Charger was driven by Michael Sot, a 20-year-old sophomore math major from Clark, New Jersey, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for the victims’ medical bills.
Sot was serving as a designated driver the night of the crash, according to William Walker, who established the GoFundMe page. The Charger had six occupants — five of whom are students at the College.
The crash remains under investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team and the Ewing Police Department Traffic Bureau.
Anyone with information concerning the crash is asked to contact Officers David Massi or Paul Digristina at 609-882-1313 or the Tip Line at 609-882-7530.