- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a police officer who struck and killed a pedestrian while responding to a call won’t face criminal charges.

Ocean County prosecutor Joseph Coronato said Thursday that there are no grounds for criminal or motor vehicle charges against Lacey Officer Andrew Slota.

An investigation found that Slota was driving at a high speed while responding to a report of a disturbance at a nuclear generating plant in July when an intoxicated Neil Van De Putte crossed in front of him.

Officials say Slota was driving through a green light without the police car’s lights and sirens on while Van De Putte was crossing against a red light.

Van De Putte was pronounced dead at the scene.

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