GALLOWAY MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER IN 2019 FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT


Arthur Lesbirel

MAYS LANDING- A Galloway Township man has been charged with Aggravated Manslaughter in connection to a fatal boat crash in July 2019 that killed a 39 year-old woman, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

On Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, members of the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force – Atlantic City Division, arrested Arthur Lesbirel, 45, and he was charged with Aggravated Manslaughter in connection to a boat crash that occurred on July 21, 2019, on the Intercoastal Water Way in Galloway Township. An investigation has determined that Lesbirel was operating a boat recklessly and caused a boat passenger, Iesha Thies, 39, of Mays Landing, to be ejected from the boat. While in the water, the boat’s engine propeller struck Thies, causing fatal injuries. Thies was pronounced deceased at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center – City Division, where she was transported following the incident.

Lesbirel has been lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility pending a detention hearing. This is a cooperative investigation by the New Jersey State Police Marine Unit, with the assistance of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Collision Investigation Unit. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey and Assistant Prosecutor Kate Robinson assisted throughout the investigation, in representation of the state.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***

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Anyone with information, regarding serious crimes is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://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.

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