Probe Into Fatal Eagleswood Accident Involving Ocean Freeholder Ongoing

Not unusual for investigations to take weeks, State Trooper Christopher Kaye says

The into the that killed a Barnegat motorcyclist and involved Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly has not yet been completed, State Trooper Christopher Kay said.

"It's still under investigation," Kay said today.

Kay said it was "not uncommon" for a probe into a fatal accident to take weeks.

"There's a lot of entities involved," Kay said.

The accident killed William D. Kolb, 24, of Barnegat. He was thrown from his motorcycle after it collided with the sports utility vehicle driven by Kelly, state police have said.

Trooper Joseph Mezzo has said that Kolb was southbound on Route 9 on his black 2011 Harley Davidson at approximately 6:35 p.m., near mile marker 65.5. Kolb attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him, then collided with the right fender of Kelly's 2005 SUV when he tried to return to the lane of traffic, he said.

Kelly, 61, West Creek, was northbound on Route 9 and was attempting to make a left turn into the West Creek Deli when the collision occurred, Mezzo said.

Results of the bloodwork done on Kelly after the accident are still not available, Kay said.

Kelly consented to the procedure, which is standard protocol in fatal accidents, state police have said.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office is not involved in the investigation, Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michael Paulhus said today.

Tom Cular June 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM
This too will be swept under the rug, just as it was when Assemblyman and Lakewood politician Robert Singer ran over an elderly pedestrian .
Scott Neuman June 10, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I appreciate that Freeholder Kelly is a good fearing man. There is a law working its way in our state that will create jail time while texting or using a cell phone. The problem with the law is that we are all in control of a huge piece of metal on the highways and it is up to us to be in control of our vehicles at all times. Turning left in front of any vehicle is at the least failure to yield the right of way. Then careless driving. I say this as some that had a driver turn left in front of them and caused an accident. Kolbs mistake very well might have been being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If Kelly turned left in front of Kolb, he is at fault. Still horrible for all concerned.
Ken June 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
A man is DEAD and you are saying that freeloader Kelly is the victim??? You have got to be kidding me, you can not be serious!
FR Grown June 11, 2012 at 01:54 AM
From what I hear... The kid always drove fast and hard. Just another tragedy for all involved...right BJ? If you don't fight Teddy Mann you are a PUSSY cat.
Scott Neuman June 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Very common. Blame the victim.


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