Horrifying footage revealed the moment two speeding cars sped through the street in an illegal drag race in New Jersey – just moments before striking and killing a man and woman.
Driver Gerald J. White, 37, has been charged in the deaths of Timothy Ogden, 34, and Lindsay Weakland, 18, when his 2004 Infinity crashed into a 2014 Honda Accord and then into pedestrians during the event in Wildwood, New Jersey .
Shocking footage shows a vehicle pulling out of an intersection before being hit by another car and crashing into a golf cart-type vehicle.
According to local reports, Weakland was one of the pedestrians White was rammed into. She was pronounced dead at the scene – although police struggled to arrive because dozens of attendees blocked their cars.
Ogden is believed to have been a passenger in the Honda Civic that White crashed into. He was taken to a hospital after the collision but later died from his injuries.
Gerald J. White of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been arrested and charged with the deaths of two people after he drove recklessly and crashed at an illegal car rally in New Jersey
Timothy Ogden, 34, was killed when White’s car crashed into the Honda Civic in which Ogden was a passenger and he died of his injuries at a hospital
Lindsay Weakland, 18, was a pedestrian near the car rally but was killed suddenly when White’s car drove into spectators
It’s unclear if anyone else was seriously injured, and prosecutors indicated additional charges could be brought against White. The two victims who were killed were reportedly not in Wildwood to attend the illegal car event.
White, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also attempted to flee the scene but was quickly arrested by police.
He was charged with two car attacks, swerving, leaving the scene of the accident and violating public safety laws. He is being held at the Cape May County Correctional Facility.
The H20i-organized pop-up car rally ensured that “hundreds, if not thousands, of people driving high-performance vehicles into an area without planning, staging or authorization created the chaos that led to these deaths and injuries,” prosecutors said Jeffrey of Cape May Sutherland.
The videos showed a range of reckless behaviors by high-performance car drivers, including burnouts, racing at high speeds without regard to traffic rules, and donuts.
The result, along with the two deaths caused by White’s driving, was masses of cars crashing into storefronts, parking meters and each other, giving authorities a massive purge.
A witness who saw the fatal accident said White’s vehicle was traveling “about 80 miles an hour” and “ran four red lights.”
Rahway’s Olivia Galing told NJ.com: “We just heard a big bang like a loud crash and everyone ran down so we went to the corner and saw the car on the curb and they already had a tarp out. ‘
“There were so many people on the side of the road. Children stood at the yellow lines in the middle of the road and picked up things. So it would happen that someone would get hurt,” she added.
The “unauthorized” car event, known as the H20i, is notorious for wreaking havoc in the cities where it gathers as crowds cheer reckless driving
At the rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, two people died and many cars were smashed as local police were outnumbered by the large crowd
According to Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron, the “game plan went out the window” as thousands of people flocked to town to take part in the car rally
Police officers were so overwhelmed by crowds at the event that the New Jersey State Police dispatched soldiers to Wildwood to help local police, according to the Office of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
“The Governor is saddened by the senseless harm and damage caused to Wildwood as a result of this event,” Murphy spokeswoman Christi Peace said in a statement to NJ Advance Media.
Wildwood authorities were aware of the gathering before it took place and released a statement saying, “All visitors to the Wildwoods are welcome and are expected to follow all ordinances and laws during their visit.”
But local police were quickly outpaced by large crowds exhibiting rough behavior, Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron said.
“The game plan didn’t anticipate the number of people coming down, which was in the thousands,” Byron said.
“That game plan went out the window on the second day when the number of people who were here far exceeded what the state police had projected,” he continued.
The deaths appear to have forced H2oi organizers to reconsider their activities, as their Facebook page now reveals that all admins have left the group and an ominous message has been placed in the “About” section.
“H2oi will never be the same again,” reads the updated about me section. “Even if all the supporting actors are kids [interlopers] Stop coming The laws they put in place for car modifications will never go away. It’s time to move on.’
The gathering has reportedly been around since the late 1990s, but increasing crowds and busier authorities may leave the organization little choice but to quit.
Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data showing 20,175 people died in auto crashes in the first half of 2022, a 0.5 percent increase from the first half of 2021.
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