No Charges Filed After Barnegat Man Dies In Collision With Ocean County Freeholder
Family says victim in Eagleswood crash, a 2006 Southern Regional graduate, was looking to start his own business.
Police say they found no reason to file charges after a 24-year-old Barnegat man died Friday when his motorcycle collided with a sports utility vehicle driven by Freeholder John P. Kelly.
"There was nothing criminal that we see at all," said State Police Trooper Joseph Mezzo. "The accident is under investigation."
Kolb was driving southbound on his black 2011 Harley Davidson at approximately 6:35 p.m., near mile marker 65.5, in Eagleswood Township.
He attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him, then collided with the right fender of Kelly's 2005 sports utility vehicle when he tried to return to the lane of traffic, said Mezzo.
Kelly, 61, of Eagleswood, was traveling northbound on Route 9 and was attempting to make a left turn into the West Creek Deli when the collision occurred, Mezzo said.
Kolb was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered severe injuries. He died at the scene. Kelly was uninjured, said Mezzo, who is the investigating officer.
Kelly was first elected as a freeholder in 1992 and has served ever since. He also has served as mayor of Eagleswood Township.
On Saturday, Kolb’s family and friends consoled each another and spoke about the 24-year-old, according to The Press of Atlantic City. Kolb was one of six children and uncle to five nieces and nephews.
No funeral arrangements were available at press time.