DECEASED GLOUCESTER CITY TEEN IDENTIFIED—The name of the Gloucester City teen that died in a horrific car crash in Lakewood, NJ last Thursday has been released, according to the Courier Post.
Devine Askew, age 16, of Mercer Street, was riding in a vehicle that hit a tree after fleeing an attempted traffic stop by a Toms River police officer on June 7, a law enforcement source said yesterday.
The Ocean County Prosecutors Office said Toms River Police Officer Kyle Lamar attempted to make a motor vehicle stop on a 2016 Red Ford Focus wanted for allegedly being involved in a shooting within Lakewood Township earlier Thursday. Additionally, the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and the registration for the vehicle came back suspended. The Toms River patrol activated his emergency overhead lights signaling the driver to stop, however, the driver fled initiating a pursuit. The Toms River Unit followed the fleeing vehicle through his jurisdiction but fearing for the public’s safety terminated his pursuit after the fleeing vehicle ran a red light at the intersection of Route 70 and Massachusetts Ave near the Lakewood Township border.
The Toms River patrol continued north into Lakewood and minutes later came upon the suspect vehicle on fire crashed into a tree just north of Massachusetts Ave and Cross St. The driver was entrapped in the vehicle and Officer Lamar, with the assistance of Toms River Officer Thomas Elwood who arrived on the scene, immediately struggled to remove the driver as the car continued to be engulfed in flames. Managing to free him, they then carried him across the street and began CPR. EMS and Lakewood PD responded to the scene and first aid was rendered to the occupants of the vehicle, however, they ultimately succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased.
HEADED TO A NEW HOME--The MV Twin Capes, which was once part of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet will be sunk tomorrow, June 15, at the Del-Jersey-Land offshore artificial reef. The reef, a popular spot for divers is located 26 miles off the New Jersey-Delaware coastline. The ferry made its last voyage in the summer of 2013 and ever since it has been docked at the Cape May ferry terminal.
NEW RESTAURANT IN HADDON TOWNSHIP--Derek Timm, The BlueJean Food critic said today that a new restaurant will be opening this weekend in Haddon Township. '"I don't have the owner's name but was told it is going to be a family run operation which I always love. It will be called Jamaican Vibes located at 3102 Mt. Ephraim Ave, Haddon Township. For reference, it is next door to Wing Shing Chinese Food. The Grand Opening is this Saturday, June 16 at 10 am."