Identities of 2 Killed During H20i Car Rally in Wildwood, NJ, Released
The identities of two people killed during an unsanctioned car rally in Wildwood this weekend have been released.
The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office says 37-year-old Gerald J. White of Pittsburgh, PA, was driving an Infinity when he crashed into a Honda Civic and then two pedestrians near Burk and Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood around 9:30 Saturday night.
WPVI-TV reports one of the pedestrians, 18-year-old Lindsay Weakland of Carlise, PA, died.
The other victim was 34-year-old Timothy Ogden of Clayton, Gloucester County, who was a passenger in the Honda Civic.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they learned that White had fled but he was quickly located and taken into custody.
White has been charged with two counts of second-degree death by auto, two counts of second-degree assault by auto, one count of second-degree eluding, one count of third-degree leaving the scene of an accident, and one count of third-degree violation of laws to protect public safety.
The crash happened during an unsanctioned H20i car rally, which caused chaos throughout Wildwood and much of Cape May County.
As the situation grew out of control Saturday night, Wildwood Police closed the George Redding Bridge for a time.
Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron told NJ.com late Saturday night,
It’s a cluster you know what down here right now, but we are getting it under control.
Officials were aware of the event as the weekend approached and public statements indicated they attempted to stay ahead of it.
According to WPVI, Byron spoke to Gov. Phil Murphy Saturday night and numerous law enforcement agencies were called to the island, including the State Police, as well as officers from Atlantic City, Ocean City, Cape May, and Upper, Middle, and Lower Townships.
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