• Gabriel Donio

Fatal accident on Rt. 206


A fatal accident occurred on Rt. 206 on August 4, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said. (Courtesy Photo)

HAMMONTON—Police are continuing to investigate the cause of a fatal accident that occurred at 5 p.m. on August 4 at the intersection of Route 206 and Columbia Road, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


Police were dispatched in reference to a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash with reported injuries, Friel said.


Friel said vehicle number one was a 2016 black Honda Odyssey operated by Kim Hyo, 80, of Moorestown and vehicle number two was a 2019 gray Hyundai Elantra, operated by Helen Conti, 73, of Galloway Twp. Conti had an 11-year-old passenger in her vehicle, Friel said.


The driver of vehicle number one stated that he stopped at the stop sign but he did not recall what happened, Friel said. Driver number two said that that vehicle number one pulled out in front of her, causing the collision, Friel said.


“A preliminary investigation determined that vehicle number one failed to stop and yield right-of-way to vehicle number two, causing the collision on Route 206,” Friel said.


Driver number two, sustained injuries including a fractured wrist and a fractured ankle, Friel said. Her passenger had lacerations on his forehead and knee, Friel said. Both were transported, Friel said. The driver was transported to Cooper Trauma Center in Camden and the minor was transported to ACMC Atlantic City Division, Friel said.


Driver number one was transported to Virtua Voorhees, Friel said.


“Driver number two succumbed to injuries sustained due to the crash and was pronounced dead at Cooper Trauma Center. The accident is being investigated by the Hammonton Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office,” Friel said.


Friel said Officer Matthew Heiser was the investigating officer. There are no charges at this time, Friel said.