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One Young Man Killed, Teenager Injured in Maurice River Township Crash


Posted on Aug 13, 2013

Police are still investigating the cause of a Maurice River Township car crash that claimed the life of a driver on July 25.

According to New Jersey State Police, 20-year-old Michael Hankins was driving southbound on Route 47 in a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro on Thursday night. Around 9:30 p.m, Hankins moved into the northbound lane in an attempt to pass the vehicle in front of him when he suddenly saw a motorcycle approaching him head-on.

Hankins reportedly attempted to brake, then swerved back into the southbound lane to avoid the motorcyclist. State Police spokesman Sgt. Adam Grossman said that the Camaro left the roadway on the right-hand side, striking first a metal clothing donation container and then a utility pole on the southbound shoulder in the Leesburg section of the township.

Police reports have stated that Hankins was trapped in the vehicle when emergency crews arrived. He had sustained critical internal injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Inspira Medical Center Vineland, Grossman said.

Police have confirmed that there was at least one passenger in the car at the time of the accident. 19-year-old Aimee Govoni of Villas was "partially ejected" from the Camaro in the crash, and was flown to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center by air ambulance. She was admitted and remains listed in critical condition.

Hankins, of Cape May, was pronounced dead at Inspira shortly after the accident.

Our attorneys and staff wish to extend our deepest condolences to the victims’s family and friends as we keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

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