A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to eight-years in jail for inflicting a five-car collision on the Tacony-Palmyra bridge in Burlington County that killed a Camden resident, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina introduced on Thursday.
Brandon Moore, 24, who beforehand pled responsible to Vehicular Murder and Assault By Auto, admitted to dropping management of his Dodge Charger whereas chasing a Jeep Grand Cherokee pushed by 29-year previous Jonathan Ramos of Philadelphia and each had been driving at speeds of over 100-mph on the bridge itself, Prosecutor Coffina stated, with Moore topping 112-mph and Ramos topped 106-mph — on a forty five mph highway.
Ramos, who pled responsible to Leaving the Scene of a Deadly Accident and was given a number of visitors summonses for rushing and driving with a suspended license, was sentenced to 6 years in jail.
“This tragic case underscores the reality of the previous adage, ‘velocity kills.’ The sufferer, Mr. Martinez, was killed simply days after Christmas final yr, and one other vacation season is upon us,” Prosecutor Coffina stated in a press release. “We urge everybody to maintain their cool behind the wheel, and to pause and take into account the doable penalties when working a car whereas experiencing highway rage, or whereas impaired, distracted, or just rushing. The chance of depriving your or one other particular person’s household of their beloved one, endlessly, as a result of an avoidable crash merely is just not price it.”
Prosecutor Coffina stated investigators realized that Moore and Ramos had been heading west in direction of the bridge and after passing the tolls started rushing “with out the regard for the security of different motorists”.
As they had been flying in direction of the bridge on December 28, 2020, Moore struck Ramos inflicting the SUV to veer into the oncoming lane which crashed into one other car, killing 35-year previous Gerardo Francisco Perez Martinez
The opposite drivers concerned within the crash had been dropped at Cooper College Medical Middle for therapy.
Ramos requested one other driver to name his cellular phone “as a result of he was unable to find it within the wreckage” after which he took off on foot after the crash.
Police discovered his cellphone.
Moore and Ramos had been prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Josh Dennis, supervisor of the BCPO Collision Evaluation and Reconstruction Unit.
The investigation was performed by the Prosecutor’s Workplace, the Burlington County Bridge Fee Police Division and the Cinnaminson Township Police Division.
The lead investigators had been BCPO Detective Jack Bowker, BCBCPD Detective Sergeant Brian Laudenslager and CTPD Detective Kevin Bohn.