By: Richard L. Smith
An active investigation is in progress following a tragic collision in Berlin that claimed the life of a pedal cyclist.
At approximately 4:57 a.m., the Berlin Police Department received a distress call, dispatching officers to the area of Route 30 and South Franklin Avenue.
The call reported a serious motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle and a pedal cyclist.
A preliminary investigation conducted by the Berlin Police Department in collaboration with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Crash Team has shed light on the circumstances leading to the collision.
It was determined that Vehicle 1, a 2010 Subaru Outback operated by Ms. Susan Jewell, 47, was traveling eastbound on Route 30, approaching South Franklin Avenue.
Simultaneously, the pedal cyclist was heading northbound on South Franklin Avenue, nearing the intersection with Route 30.
Tragically, the pedal cyclist attempted to cross the White Horse Pike when it collided with the eastbound vehicle.
Police say Jewell immediately stopped and remained at the scene, cooperating with authorities. Sadly, the operator of the bike succumbed to their injuries.
A crucial witness who observed the collision informed the police that the motor vehicle had a green signal as it crossed the intersection of Route 30 and South Franklin Avenue.
This information will be instrumental in the ongoing investigation.
Law enforcement officials are seeking any further witnesses who may have additional information regarding the incident.