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Ocean County Detective Dies In Head-on Collision

Tina Rambo, formerly of Toms River, died in Route 70 crash in Southampton

Tina Rambo, a detective with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, died today in a head-on collision on Southampton's portion of Route 70.

The Burlington County head-on collision was confirmed by Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, who said Rambo, 35, was a valued member of the county detective force and the mother of two small children.

State police said on Monday afternoon that Rambo was driving her assigned, 2000 blue Ford Crown Victoria alone on Route 70 when her car collided with another car at milemarker 21 at 8 a.m.

Rambo was driving eastbound and Rachel Portnoy, 24, of Marlton, was, originally, driving westbound in a 2004 silver Saturn Ion. However, Portnoy's car then moved, head-on with Rambo's car, into the eastbound lane, and the two cars crashed, said state police in a prepared statement released on Monday afternoon.

"The preliminary accident investigation by State Police indicates that the Ion was in the oncoming eastbound lane at the time of the crash," says the statement.   

Portnoy was transported by a Medevac helicopter to Cooper University Medical Center with serious leg injuries, the statement says.

"Rambo was declared deceased at the accident scene," according to the statement.

"No charges or tickets have been issued at this time. The accident investigation is being headed by Troop C detectives, aided by State Police Crime Scene detectives and Fatal Accident Unit detectives."

Rambo died just ten years after being sworn in as a law enforcement officer for the county, said Marlene Lynch Ford, the Ocean County prosecutor, in a released statement.

She had been with the "Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office since 2000, first as a Prosecutor’s Agent and then as a sworn law enforcement officer, to whom the oath of office was administered almost exactly ten years ago on July 30, 2001."

Ford, in Berkeley earlier today for the swearing in of the township's police chief, shared condolences for a member of the team who worked in multiple units throughout the years: Narcotics Strike Force; Special Victims Unit; Megan’s Law Unit; and the Family Protection Unit (Domestic Violence). Rambo recently had been assigned to the Grand Jury and Trial Unit.

"I, along with all members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, extend our deep condolences to the family of Tina Rambo, and mourn the loss of our co-worker, colleague and friend, Tina Rambo," Ford said.

Rambo was a 2000 graduate from the Ocean County Police Academy and also previously served as a part-time special police officer in Point Pleasant Beach during the summers of 1999 and 2000.

Point Beach Detective Clint Daniel said, "She was a fantastic person. She was well-liked by the other officers when she was here and then when she was a detective with the county. It's a tragic loss."

She had also served previously as a substitute teacher for the Toms River Regional School district. 

Rambo was a 1994 graduate of Toms River North High School; a 1996 graduate of Ocean County College, and was awarded her bachelor’s degree from Rowan University in 1997. She earned a Master in Arts degree from Seton Hall University in Human Resources Training and Development in 2004. 

Rambo was married to Roy Rambo, Jr., and she is survived by her 3- and 6-year-old children, her mother and father, and one brother and two sisters.  She resided in Marlton.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said he remembers Rambo from her student teaching days, but also during an internship she served with the Toms River police while in college.

"I remember her as a young kid, she was a vibrant person," he said. "It's a real shame, this is real sad."

This story will be updated as details become available.

Denise Nash August 02, 2011 at 04:06 PM
So sorry to hear about Tina, my prayers go out to her family.
Keith Bryant August 02, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Our deapest symphathy goes out to Tina's family and her co-workers with the Prosecuters office. Now god is welcomeing Tina in heaven and she is now with all the law enforement community who served and gave there all, To her family and friends remember Tina in your hearts and in your minds even though Tina has left her loved ones she will always be with them now and forever..R.I.P. Tina
Rick Molinia August 03, 2011 at 09:52 AM
a beautiful and Powerful woman who earned what she had through hardwork.. i only hope her young children do achieve all that their mother did and more.
Lisa Begin-Kruysman August 03, 2011 at 01:01 PM
So sorry to read this. My sincere condolences to her family.
Kim October 19, 2011 at 04:10 PM
I was so sad to read of your loss...Remember that God is close to those that are broken at heart and crushed in spirit, Psalms 34:18

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