State transportation officials who declined to fund a new pedestrian walkway over Route 38 in Cherry Hill cannot be held responsible for a 2003 accident that killed a boy and injured his younger brother, a state appellate court has ruled.

The boys' mother claimed officials were negligent for not rebuilding the walkway after a garbage truck brought it down in 1999.

In their ruling, the judges found the defendants had legal immunity, and also said that, in running across the busy six-lane highway, the 12- and 13-year-old boys were responsible for the accident. - AP