Vineland Police have charged a city man with death by auto, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving in the death of an 18-year-old cyclist in a crash on April 29.

Police say Phillip Cox, 54, was driving his 2009 Infiniti QX56 westbound on West Park Avenue in Vineland at about 8:42 pm on April 29 when he hit Daniel A. Diaz as he was biking in the same direction.

Diaz, 18, from Vineland, sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Due to the severity of the crash, the Vineland Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit was activated to investigate the incident.

Cox remains free while charges are pending.

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Officer Anthony Capelli of the Vineland Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is the lead investigator to the case.

Anyone with further information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact the Traffic Safety Unit at 856-691-4111 x4350


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