Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Winslow Police Chief Robert Stimelski reported a Pennsylvania man has been charged following a motor vehicle crash that killed a child and injured several other people.
Anders Opitz, 19, of Phoenixville, PA, is charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of 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. Optiz’s truck next struck a northbound 2014 Mini Cooper operated by a 64-year-old Landisville man.
Opitz’s truck then crashed into the rear of a 2006 Honda Accord operated by a 39-year-old Port Norris man. The collision pushed the Honda into a 2008 Nissan Rogue, operated by a 54-year-old Hammonton man, which was stopped in traffic. The Nissan Rogue was subsequently pushed into a Nissan Versa operated by a 23-year-old Hammonton woman.
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. Ortiz and four 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. He was charged on Friday and turned him in at the Winslow Township Police Department. Bail was set at $100,000. He was released after posting bail.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Released Monday, February 8, 2016.