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NJ Man Sentenced to County Jail for Reckless Vehicular Homicide

Ocean County

By: Najla Alexander 

Authorities in Ocean County announced that on November 8, Avrohom Pam, 21, of Lakewood, was sentenced by the Honorable Kenneth T. Palmer, J.S.C., to 364 days in the Ocean County Jail.

AdAs a condition of a three-year term of probation imposed in connection with his previously entered guilty pleas to Reckless Vehicular Homicide and Assault by Auto, officials say.

Officials stated those guilty pleas relate to a motor vehicle crash that occurred in Lakewood Township in the early evening hours of June 11, 2021, resulting in the death of Sean Avon, 26, of Brick Township.

Pam pled guilty to the charges before Judge Palmer on June 19, 2023, authorities say.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said that on June 11, 2021, at approximately 5:15 p.m., officers from the Lakewood Township Police Department were summoned to the area of Lanes Mills Road for a report of a serious motor vehicle crash.

Officials said an investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Major Crime Unit - Vehicular Homicide Squad, Lakewood Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that Pam was operating a 2021 Ford Van in the rightmost lane of Lanes Mills Road when he struck a 2019 Honda CRV being driven by John Arendt, Jr., 73, of Brick Township.

According to officials, the force of the collision propelled Mr. Arendt's vehicle into the northbound lane of traffic, where it struck a 2012 Ford Mustang head-on being operated by Mr. Avon.

Mr. Avon suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash; he was transported to Ocean Medical Center in Brick Township, where he succumbed to his injuries, officials say. 

Authorities say Mr. Arendt was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Pam remained on the scene and did not require medical attention, officials said.

Officials stated an investigation conducted by the aforementioned law enforcement agencies revealed that a verbal altercation had occurred between Pam and Mr. Arendt, which precipitated the motor vehicle crash, and that Pam's reckless driving was the cause of this crash – resulting in Mr. Avon's death.

On June 12, 2022, Pam was charged and subsequently processed at Lakewood Township Police Headquarters, officials say.

Officials said he was transported to the Ocean County Jail and later released as a result of New Jersey's bail reform.