An 8-year-old boy who was sleeping in a car after fishing with his father was killed in a crash on Route 30 early Sunday morning.

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The accident happened around 3:25 AM on the westbound side of the White Horse Pike in Absecon.

According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, 25-year-old Edward Johnston of Egg Harbor City was traveling westbound on Route 30 in a 2019 Nissan Sentra when it went off the roadway and struck a Honda that was parked on the shoulder.

An 8-year-old boy who had been fishing with his father was asleep in the vehicle when it was struck. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Johnston was issued several motor vehicle summonses and additional charges may be forthcoming pending a final investigation into the cause of the crash.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Absecon Police Department are cooperatively investigating this incident.

Anyone with information about this crash is urged to contact Det. Dylan Hutton with the prosecutor's office at (609) 909-7885.

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