Ocean County Prosecutors release dash cam video of double fatal accident
The moments (in the video above) that led to a double fatal accident in Lakewood Township on June 7 are released to the public via dash cam video by the Ocean County Prosecutors Office from a Toms River Police Officer.
Here's the back story of the car chase and accident as previously reported by WOBM News with information from the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.
It all began with Toms River Police Officer Kyle Lamar trying to make a motor vehicle stop of a 2016 Red Ford Focus around 6:51 pm that was wanted for allegedly being involved in a shooting in Lakewood earlier on Thursday.
The patrolman than signaled his lights for the driver to stop.
He didn't want to.
That's when the pursuit began but it ended when the driver ran a red light at the intersection of Route 70 and Massachusetts Avenue in Lakewood.
Toms River Police Officers eventually caught up with the car to see it crashed into a tree and was engulfed in flames between Massachusettsn and Cross Street.
The two Toms River officers then rescued the entrapped driver, carried him across the street and began to give him CPR.
EMS and Lakewood Police then arrived and tried helping with the driver and the other occupant of the Ford Focus, both of whom later died from their injuries.
Both Toms River officers on scene were treated at Community Medical Center for smoke inhalation.
The Ford Focus was traveling north on Massachusetts Avenue at a high rate of speed when it lost directional control and collided into a tree on the southbound side of the road.
The driver was not wearing a seat-belt and the registration for the car was suspended.
The occupants of the Ford Focus are Rynell Bennett (the driver), 29, of Bellefonte PA, and the passenger is a 16-year old male from Gloucester NJ.
Assisting OCPO in the investigation were the Ocean County Fatal Accident Support Team (FAST), the Ocean County Sheriff's Department CSI and Ocean County Medical Examiner's Office.
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