Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Winslow Police Chief George Smith reported the indictment of a Pennsylvania man in connection with a motor vehicle crash that killed a child and injured several other people.
A Grand Jury indicted Anders Opitz, 19, of Phoenixville, Pa., on one count of second-degree death by auto and one count of fourth-degree assault by auto in connection with a crash on Route 73 near Hays Mill Road in Winslow around 6:30 a.m. on June 29, 2015.
Opitz was driving a 2003 Ford F-250 northbound on Route 73 when he sideswiped a northbound 2007 Chevy Van operated by a 60-year-old Berlin man. Opitz’s truck next struck a 2014 Mini Cooper operated by a 64-year-old Landisville man that was stopped in traffic.
Opitz’s truck then crashed into the rear of a 2006 Honda Accord operated by a 39-year-old Port Norris man that was stopped in traffic. The collision pushed the Honda into a 2008 Nissan Rogue operated by a 54-year-old Hammonton man that was stopped in traffic. The Nissan Rogue was subsequently pushed into a Nissan Versa operated by a 23-year-old Hammonton woman that was also stopped in traffic.
One passenger in the Honda Accord, the driver’s 19-month-old daughter, was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. Opitz and six other people, including the girl’s 28-year-old mother and the drivers of the Mini Cooper and both Nissans, were injured and treated at area hospitals.
An investigation conducted by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Winslow Police revealed Opitz was driving in a reckless manner at the time of the crash.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Released Thursday, June 23, 2016.