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One dead, Several Injured in Washington Township Crash

Washington Township (Gloucester)

Police are investigating a crash early this morning that killed one and injured several others.

Police responded to Delsea Drive (Rt. 47) between County House and Salina Roads at approximately 12:49 a.m. for a motor vehicle crash, police said today.

Fatal victim was identified as Michael Williams, 26, of Woodbine was killed after his Honda Civic was struck in a head-on. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams’ 4-year-old son, who was traveling in the driver-side rear passenger seat of the Honda, and passenger, Marcus Owens, 24, of Millville, were also injured in the crash.

Both were transported to Cooper Medical Center in Camden with unknown injuries. Also sent to Cooper Medical Center was the driver of a Nissan Maxima which crossed the center line of Delsea Drive while traveling south and struck the northbound Honda, according to police reports.

The Nissan driver, James Catona, 27, of Washington Township was charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of assault by auto and one count of hindering apprehension, the final charge resulting from statements the accused made to police.

Alcohol is believed to have been involved in his operation of the vehicle.

Bail for Catona was set at $150,000 cash. He is expected to be discharged from Cooper Medical Center today. A passenger in his car had minor injuries, police said. An investigation of the crash by the Washington Township Police Department and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office is continuing.