Friday, November 8, 2013

Hammonton Man Struck and Killed by On-Duty Mullica Township Police Patrol Vehicle

MULLICA TWP – The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit is investigating the death of a Hammonton man who was struck by a Mullica Township Police patrol vehicle early this morning, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, shortly before 5 a.m., Frank Perri, Jr., 44, was fatally struck by the vehicle of on-duty police officer Ryan Hutton.
At the time of the accident, Officer Hutton was investigating the discovery of an abandoned vehicle, which was found crashed into a pole and disabled on the northbound side of Weymouth Road, in Mullica Township.

Hamilton Township Police, who had initially encountered the crashed vehicle, were unable to locate a driver upon discovery.
As officer Hutton was patrolling the crash area, Perri, the alleged driver of the disabled vehicle, allegedly entered the roadway directly in the path of the officer’s moving vehicle and was struck.
Perry sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Hutton was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The Medical Examiner’s Office took custody of Perri’s body for completion of an autopsy.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident is ongoing. Anyone with information pertaining to this crash is asked to call the Crash Investigations Unit at 609-909-7692.


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