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Accident at 12th and

Washington Streets

HAMMONTON—Police responded to a motor vehicle versus pedestrian accident at the intersection of 12th Street (Route 54) and N. Washington Street at 5:39 p.m. on January 28, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.

Vehicle number one was a 2015 silver Dodge Ram pickup operated by Ryan Romero, 23, of Hammonton, who was attempting to make a left turn onto N. Washington Street, Friel said.

Olga Pedroza-Guadarrama, 63, of Hammonton was walking across N. Washington Street in the crosswalk, Friel said.

Friel said driver number one observed Pedroza-Guadarrama in the crosswalk and stated he “slammed on the brakes” and impacted with her in the crosswalk. She was transported to AtlantiCare Atlantic City Division, Friel said.

“A police investigation revealed that driver number one was inattentive while making the left turn and failed to yield to the pedestrian in the crosswalk,” Friel said.

Romero was charged with careless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian, Friel said.

Pedroza-Guadarrama later succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead at 6:07 p.m. on January 29, Friel said.

Friel said the accident remains under investigation by Officer Matthew Heiser and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Victims Unit, Friel said.

In other police news, a fire broke out at 1:11 p.m. on January 23 at a home located on W. 15th Street, Friel said.

“Police received a call in reference to a fire coming from the rear of the residence,” Friel said.

The Hammonton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, he said.

“The resident stated she left home around 1 p.m. to get a coffee and when she returned home a large amount of smoke poured out of the front door when she opened it,” Friel said.

Friel said the fire was extinguished and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the Hammonton Police Department.

This report is comprised of arrests and investigations made by the men and women of local enforcement. All suspects and arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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