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Fatal MVC West Jersey/Victoria Dr

On September 19, 2015 at approximately 5:58 PM the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to the intersection of West Jersey Avenue and Victoria Drive for the report of a motor vehicle crash.Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Suzuki GSXR being driven by Scott Smith, 44 of Egg Harbor Township, was traveling westbound on West Jersey Avenue when a 2011 Nissan Altima traveling eastbound on West Jersey Avenue operated by Dominic Zambello, 86 of Mays Landing, attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcycle onto Victoria Drive.The two vehicles crashed in the intersection. Smith was transported to ARMC City Division for his injuries, but was later pronouced deceased. Zambello was transported to the AtlantiCare SED in Hammonton for minor injuries.Traffic in the area was diverted for approximately 2 hours while the scene was cleared.Also assisting at the scene were the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad and AtlantiCare Paramedics.No summonses have been issued at this time, and the crash remains ... Read the rest of entry »

Motor Vehicle Crash Rt322/Gale Ave


On 06/08/15 at approximately 3:45 PM, the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to the Black Horse Pike near Gale Ave. for a report of a motor vehicle crash with entrapment.  Investigation revealed that a 2015 Toyota Sequoia being driven by Theresa Champion-May, age 53 of Hammonton was traveling west on the Black Horse Pike. A 2002 Saturn SL being driven by Fabian Martinez, age 41 of Bridgeton attempted to make a left turn from the parking lot of a nearby business in the path of Champion’s vehicle.  Champion subsequently struck the driver side of Martinez’s vehicle with the front of her car and both vehicles exited the eastbound shoulder.  Martinez was extricated by members of the Mays Landing Fire Department and transported to AtlantiCare-City Division for treatment. Champion was transported to AtlantiCare-Hammonton for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Also assisting at the scene was the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad, and AtlantiCare Paramedics.

Motor Vehicle Crash

On 5/17/15 at approximately 11:17 hours, The Township Of Hamilton Police Department responded to the intersection of Oakwood Blvd and Cantillon Blvd for a report of a motor vehicle crash involving an overturned Guarda armored truck. Investigation revealed Guarda employee Christopher Long, age 30, of Williamstown, was traveling westbound on Oakwood Blvd and attempted to make the right turn onto Cantillon Blvd losing control causing his vehicle to overturn. Long and his passenger employee Clyde McCullough, age 31, of Sewell sustained minor injuries. Both refused treatment at the scene. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours. Assisting at the scene were members of the Mays Landing Fire Dept and the Township Of Hamilton Rescue Squad. The crash is being investigated by Ofc. L. Murray #95.

Ped MV Crash Rt. 40/322_10/24/14 @ 2221 Hrs.

On 10/24/14 at approximately 2221 hours, the Hamilton Township Police Department responded to the Black Horse Pike (Rt. 40/322) in the area of milepost 52.5 for a pedestrian motor vehicle crash.  The preliminary investigation indicates that Janyth C. Schaaf, 81 year old female from Somers Point, was operating her red Buick Lacrosse westbound on the Black Horse Pike in the area of the Hamilton Commons Shopping Center and Wawa.  A juvenile female attempted to cross the Black Horse Pike traveling southbound from the Hamilton Commons Shopping Center toward Wawa.  The juvenile did not properly cross at an intersection and entered the roadway.  The juvenile was struck by Schaaf's vehicle.  The juvenile was transported, via ambulance, to Atlantic City Medical Center City Division.  The juvenile was later transported from City Division, via helicopter, to Cooper Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries.  The crash is still under investigation.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash 322 MP 42 WB 10/16/14 @ 1314

  On October 16, 2014 at approximately 1:14 PM the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to Route 322, the Black Horse Pike, in the area of milepost 42 for a motor vehicle crash.   Preliminary investigation determined a 1995 Toyota Camry was traveling westbound on Route 322 and for undetermined reasons lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle left the roadway and overturned and crashed into a tree causing severe damage to the vehicle and trapping the driver.    The Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad responded and extricated the driver who was then transported by SouthStar Medical helicopter to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus and was later pronounced dead.     The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification to family.  The cause of the accident and use of restraint devices remains under investigation by Ofc. Wade Smith and Ofc. Kevin Zippilli of the Township of Hamilton Police Department.    Route ... Read the rest of entry »

MV Crash Rt. 40/322 @ Wrangleboro Rd.-9/25/14 at 1501

On 9/25/14 at approximately 1501 hours, the Hamilton Township Police Department responded to the Black Horse Pike at Wrangleboro Road for a motor vehicle crash.  The investigation revealed that Gregory J. Stalworth, 55 year old male of Mays Landing, was operating his white 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche eastbound on the Black Horse Pike approaching the Wrangleboro Road intersection.  Donna Eisenlohr, 59 year old female from Egg Harbor Township, was operating her blue 2012 Honda Accord.  Eisenlohr was stationary in the jughandle waiting to cross over the Black Horse Pike and proceed onto Wrangleboro Road northbound.  Stalworth received a red traffic signal and attempted to stop.  Eisenlohr received a green traffic signal and proceeded northbound into the intersection.  Stalworth attempted to stop but slid into the intersection and struck Eisenlohr on the driver's side.   Stalworth sustained no injuries.  Eisenlohr was extracte ... Read the rest of entry »

Marijuana Arrest

On June 22, 2014 at approximately 07:15PM a vehicle driven by Daniel Patino-Baquero, 28, of Galloway was stopped in the Woodlands Development of Mays Landing by HTPD, for a traffic offense. A backup officer observed marijuana in plain view on the floor of the passenger's side of the vehicle, and Patino-Baquero was subsequently arrested.

HTPD Detectives prepared a search warrant for the vehicle which was granted by the Municipal Court Judge of the City of Ventnor, Honorable Judge Siracusa. The search yielded approximately 149 grams of marijuana as well as a digital scale and packaging consistent with that used to package and distribute marijuana. Patino-Baquero was additionally charged with 4th degree Possession of Marijuana and 3rd degree Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute. The charges were placed on a summons.

Head on collision Route 50 & County Blvd.

On Wednesday 6-11 14 at approximately 0329 hours the Twp. of Hamilton PD responded to a serious motor vehicle crash at the intersection of State Hwy 50 and County Blvd.  Two tri-axle dump trucks collided head on while traveling along Route 50 in the Laureldale section of Hamilton Twp.  The trucks were traveling to and from the road paving construction on Route 30 in Egg Harbor City.  A preliminary investigation revealed that the dump truck operated by Lionell Powell age 28 of Millville collided in the middle of the intersection with the dump truck operated by Shawn Virgillo age 35 of Bridgeton.  Both vehicles were contracted by Seashore Asphault for the paving operation on Rt. 30 in Egg Harbor City.  Both drivers sustained moderate injury and were transported to ACMC City Division for their injuries.  Powell was entrapped in the cab and was exracted from the vehicle.  Route 50 was closed for approximately 5 hours for investigation/clean up.  &# ... Read the rest of entry »

Assault by Auto DWI Crash

On 6/10/14 @ 8:03 pm the Township of Hamilton police responded to the area of Route 50 and Holly Street for a car crash. Investigation revealed that Juan Matta, age 46 of Mays Landing, was traveling South on Route 50 in a 2001 GMC work van.  Mr. Matta disregarded the red light and crashed into the side of a 2009 Nissan Sedan. After crashing into the side of the Nissan he traveled over the grass median, across both North Bound Lanes and into a tree. The Nissan was being operated by Briana Serio, age 22 of Bensalem PA. Her passengers were Marie Serio, age 53 of Egg Harbor City and a 5 month old female. All three occupants were transported to Atlantic City Hospital City Division Trauma Unit, for minor to moderate injuries. Mr. Matta suffered minor lacerations to his arm and leg and refused treatment. He was arrested at the scene for Driving While Under the Influence. He was was later charged with Refusal to Submit to a Breathalyzer; Failure to Stop at Red Light; Reckless Driving; Careless D ... Read the rest of entry »

Motor Vehicle Crash 5-26-14

On 5/26/14 at 12:40 pm, Twp. of Hamilton Police responded to Ocean Heights Avenue near Harbor Avenue for a report of a head-on motor vehicle crash.

Investigation revealed a 2012 Chevy Camaro, driven by Christopher Allmond, age 25, of Mays Landing, was heading eastbound when it crossed over the center line and struck a westbound 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by James Thomas, age 82, of Somers Point. The impact caused the Chrysler to run off the roadway into the woods.

Allmond sustained minor injuries. Thomas sustained more serious injuries and was transported to ARMC by the Twp. of Hamilton Rescue Squad. The roadway was closed for one hour. Assistance at the scene was provided by members of the Mays Landing and Cologne Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as NJ State Forest Fire Service.

Allmond was issued a summons for careless driving. The crash is being investigated by Ofc. J. Hartman.