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Freeholder John P. Kelly was involved in May 18 accident that killed a Barnegat motorcyclist

Alcohol and drug tests done on Freeholder John P. Kelly following a May 18 accident that killed a Barnegat motorcyclist have come back "clean," State Trooper Christopher Kay said.

"It was negative for any type of alcohol or drugs," he said.

The investigation into the accident that took the life of William D. Kolb will probably be completed within the next several weeks," Kaye said.

"It's in the final stages," he said. "The detectives have to make sure they cross their T's and dot their I's. Then they will submit the final report."

Once the report is submitted, State Police detectives and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office will decide whether any summonses will be issued, Kaye said.

State Police had previously said it could take six to 8 weeks for toxicological tests to be completed. Kelly consented to the procedure, which is standard protocol in fatal accidents, state police have said.

Kolb, 24, was thrown from his motorcycle after it collided with the SUV 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. on May 18, 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.

Kelly previously described the accident as "traumatic."

bths06 July 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM
RedonRed- There was a "witness" that proves nothing. Could someone had been called to get there before the cops did? Happens all the time with truckers and others. How do we know that the "witness" was actually there the whole time and really did see the accident happen? We don't but we will take the story of the "witness" and Kelly as the truth because no one else was there to see it.
Shaylah July 17, 2012 at 02:46 PM
He didn't pass on the right. He made a legal pass on the left. AFTER he had already returned to his lane of travel, Kelly made a left hand turn in front of him. Read the police report before you try to act like you know what happened.
WhyohWhy July 17, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Shaylah... I didn't say he "made" a pass on the right I said he TRIED to pass on the right and couldn't and tried to get back into his lane. Why don't you produce the Police report... that you claim says he made a left turn. If thats true then Lacey patch reported all the wrong info. I'm going by what I read in the Lacey Patch... can't fault me for that.
Sal Sorce July 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
My retired deputy chief of police relative told me (based upon what's been reported/spoken of ... he Kelly was turning left into on-coming traffic), anyone who does such a move in any on coming traffic without being sure of a clear path is guilty of a serious traffic violation. He said it's highly possible Kelly did not make that observation ... I cannot understand but am convinced based upon the immediate report by the state police at the scene a cover up may be perpetrated ... he also stated based upon 34-years of police experience in New Jersey, a traffic violation combined with a mortality is surely something the family should be making a complaint at the state government level ... but does also understand that politics often is complicit. Kelly the only witness ... wrong, the dynamics of such an accident show there was a move on the part of Kelly, he did not have a clear path to make such a move into the biker and any traffic ... bad driving judgments are made every day in our area ... I see it all the time with cell phone use and drivers coming straight at me ... FACTS are FACTS ... any such prefabrication is also a felony. Young bike drivers are a serious target ... rest in peace young man!
Sal Sorce July 17, 2012 at 03:43 PM
is anyone aware that Kelly is-was the real candidate for County Sheriff ??? The old timer who's running refused to step away ... Freeloads had to back the current Sheriff ... what joke ... Ocean County Cronyism is surely ALIVE ... WELL? NOT SURE ... MOVEMENT IS AFOOT TO BREAK THINGS UP ... FOLKS have to gall to tell me there is no politics involved at the county and municipal levels ?????


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