MAYS LANDING- Based on further investigation, charges have been upgraded to aggravated manslaughter against a 38 year-old Absecon man in connection to a fatal accident where a woman was killed in Galloway on Monday, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Keneet Camacho is charged with the following:
- One count of Aggravated Manslaughter
- One count of 4th degree Assault by Auto (for the surviving driver involved in the head-on collision)
- One Count Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
- Being Involved in a Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash while having a Suspended License.
Camacho is in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility, awaiting a detention hearing. Assistant Prosecutor Katheleen Robinson represents the state in this matter.
Monday morning at approximately 7:58 am, the Galloway Township Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash on Wrangleboro Road, just north of Walden Way. Preliminary investigation shows a 2016 Hyundai Elantra was traveling south on Wrangleboro Road when it was struck from behind by a 2016 Toyota Highlander. The impact projected the Hyundai vehicle into the oncoming lane where it was struck head-on by a 2014 Honda CRV traveling north. The driver of the Hyundai vehicle, Janel Bembry, 48, of Galloway Township, was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver of the Honda CRV, Gail Schifris, 61, was transported to Atlanticare Medical Center City Division for treatment of serious bodily injuries.
This crash is currently under investigation by the Galloway Township Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7692.
The driver of the Toyota Highlander, Camacho, fled the scene of the crash and was located by Galloway Township Police officers in the area of Great Creek and Pitney Road.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.