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Jackson Man Indicted for Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

By rlsmetro on
Jackson Township

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on August 11, Roberto Alcazar-Sanchez, 27, of Jackson, was indicted on charges relative to a motor vehicle crash that occurred in Jackson Township on December 24, 2020. Alcazar-Sanchez was also indicted for Possession of Cocaine.

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, Alcazar-Sanchez that charged with Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death, as well as Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Driver’s License while being involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death,

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, On December 24, 2020, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Officers of the Jackson Township Police Department were summoned to the area of Cedar Swap Road and I-195 for a report of a motor vehicle crash with serious injuries. 

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Jackson Township Police Department revealed that a 2010 Mercedes Benz, driven by Norman Shtab, 83, of Howell Township, was exiting I-195 at Exit 21. 

Prosecutor Billhimer said that his wife, Phyllis Shtab, 81, also of Howell, was a passenger in the vehicle. As Mr. Shtab was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Cedar Swap Road, his vehicle collided with a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, Mr. and Mrs. Shtab were transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune Township following the crash. Mr. Shtab was treated for his injuries and later released. 

Prosecutor Billhimer said that on December 26, 2020, Mrs. Shtab succumbed to the injuries she sustained as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at Jersey Shore Medical Center on that date.

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, on December 30, 2020, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado - identified through continuing investigation to be Alcazar-Sanchez - who fled the scene of the December 24 crash on foot.

Prosecutor Billhimer said that A search of the Silverado revealed a bag of white powder which tested positive for cocaine. Further investigation revealed that Alcazar-Sanchez then fled the United States and traveled to Mexico. 

On March 3, 2021, Alcazar-Sanchez surrendered himself to United States Customs and Border Patrol Protection Agents in Laredo, Texas.

He was ultimately extradited back to Ocean County and has remained lodged in the Ocean County Jail since his return on March 31.

Additionally, during the course of this investigation, Alcazar-Sanchez’s girlfriend, Reyna Mendez, 27, of Jackson, was questioned by law enforcement in connection with this matter. 

The investigation determined that Mendez provided false information to Detectives during the course of her questioning; as a consequence, Mendez has been indicted for Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution.