WESTVILLE, NJ (CNBNews)(August 6, 2021)--CNBNews today contacted Westville Police Chief Bill Whinnan for an update on the dreadful traffic accident that happened a week ago tomorrow on Gateway Blvd. The accident claimed the lives of the 34-year-old driver and the three young female passengers, ages 9,8, and 5. In summary, the chief said none of the victims were wearing seatbelts, and, "Speed was being looked at as a contributing factor of this crash".
Chief Whinnan released the following prepared statement;
Saturday, July 31 at 9:22 pm, police were dispatched to a single-car motor vehicle crash on Gateway Blvd in front of the Pellegrino Chevrolet Dealership. Upon Officers' arrival, they found a 1987 black Ford Mustang which had struck a utility pole in the passenger side door. The driver of the vehicle identified as George Ritter 4th (34 y/o/m) was ejected from the vehicle.
The three juvenile female victims, ages 9, 8 and 5 were inside of the vehicle. All four of the occupants were pronounced dead on arrival. None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The vehicle was modified with specialized tires and engine accessories to include a roll cage to make the vehicle specially designed to race at private racetracks. Speed is being looked at as a contributing factor of this crash. The investigation revealed that Ritter and the juvenile victims were attending a children’s party at the Westville Power Boat Club prior to the crash. The Police Department is still waiting for toxicology results on Ritter.
The children were Ritters two daughters and his niece.
A GoFundMe campaign started by the Westville Power Boat Association identified Ritter as a member and was raising money for funeral costs. Presently the fund has raised $48,535.
On behalf of the Westville Power Boat Association family we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of those who have reached out and donated to help assist with the funeral expenses and services of our beloved member, his children and niece. We have raised enough to cover those expenses and services. This has been a heartbreaking tragedy for everyone. The Ritter family is not asking for any contributions at this time. But if you would like to contribute separately to help support the Delaney family during the loss of their beautiful little girls their personal go fund me page is