Submitted by Jeffrey Hark of the Hark and Hark Law Offices
BRIDGETON — Timothy Seidel, the Commercial Township man charged in connection with the death of Patrolman Christopher Reeves, was denied a reduction in his bail Friday at the Cumberland County Courthouse.
Seidel, 24, of Laurel Lake was indicted on May 8, by a Cumberland County grand jury on two counts of aggravated manslaughter— one, “by fleeing or attempting to elude law, did cause the death of Reeves” and two, “recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life did cause the death,” according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.
The accident, which occurred early on July 8, 2012, left Patrolman Christopher Reeves, an eight-year veteran of the Millville police department, dead after Timothy Seidel’s vehicle collided into Reeves’ police cruiser at the intersection of 3rd and Broad streets, killing Reeves on impact.
The accident also left Reeves’ partner, Johnathan Seidel (no relation to the accused) with serious injuries.
Assistant Prosecutor Mike Ostrowski’s recommended that Seidel’s bail not be reduced — which currently stands at $400,000.
Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Darrell Fineman denied Seidel’s request for bail to be reduced.
The prosecution also introduced new findings by the State Police Fatal Accident Unit that Seidel was driving 70 mph at the time of impact with Reeves’ vehicle. The prosecution also obtained that Seidel’s blood alcohol content was .16 at the time of the incident.
Jeffrey Hark of the Cherry Hill firm Hark & Hark represented Seidel.
Seidel remains at the Cumberland County Jail on $400,000 bail cash or bond.
The next hearing is a status conference scheduled for July 22.
As a result of new findings, Ostrowski believes the case against Seidel has become stronger.
Originally posted by NJ.com staff writer Spencer Kent