A fourth arrest was made in connection with Two dead, several injured in unlicensed H2Oi car rally in Wildwoodofficials said.
Joshua Bocchino, 19, of Long Branch, New Jersey, has been identified as the person who assaulted a police officer at a September 24, 2022 rally, according to Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Wildwood Police Chief Robert. Regalbuto said. in a joint release.
Bocchino was arrested at his home without incident and transferred to Wildwood. He was dealt with and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and obstructing justice, authorities said.
Bocchino is being held at the Cape May County Correctional Facility, pending court proceedings, Sutherland and Regalbuto added.
“To ensure that all individuals identified as criminals during the reckless events of the riots that occurred over the weekend of September 24, 2022 were prosecuted, we reviewed video footage and sought advice from the public. ,” Sutherland said. statement.
Authorities are still seeking public assistance to identify a black Honda Accord and its driver who were involved in a serious car accident involving a golf cart and fled the scene on the night of the rally.
This Honda Accord clearly has an aftermarket tail light package and should have significant damage to the passenger side quarter panel.
Anyone recognizing the vehicle description is advised to contact the Cape May County Attorney’s Office at (609) 465-1135 or the Wildwood Police Department at 609-522-0222.
Around 9:30 pm, a series of deadly incidents occurred between Bourke and Atlantic streets in Wildwood. Gerald J. White, 37, was allegedly hit by his Civic and two pedestrians in his 2014 Honda, officials said.
Honda Civic passenger Timothy Ogden, 34, of Clayton, New Jersey, was taken to Atlantic City Medical Center, where officials said he died shortly after.
“Tim was always caring and fun to be around. Our family is heartbroken and devastated. He was the kind of person who could make anyone laugh.”
“Timothy was at the Irish Festival but not at this H2Oi event.” A loved one said on the GoFundMe site“Timothy’s entire family is completely heartbroken.”
One of the pedestrians, 18-year-old Lindsey Weekland of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, died at the scene, prosecutors said.
A third victim remained in the trauma room after being injured in the crash, family members told NBC10.
Prosecutors said White was charged with two counts of second-degree motor vehicle death, one count of second-degree escape, and nearly a dozen other related counts.
White was being held at the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending court proceedings. Other charges may be added, officials said.
“We called the police,” said Mary Scafani, who was visiting Wildwood. “They put up barricades in the streets and people just took the barricades and threw them. It was complete havoc. I was worried about the police.”
A golf cart was injured in the second crash, but the details were unknown at the time, prosecutors said.
“The tragic and dangerous events of the past few days in Wildwood, Rio Grande, Seaville, and surrounding communities were mistakenly the direct result of pop-up car rally organizers who self-identified as H2Oi or H2O22. Don’t… County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland said in a release: “Without planning, staging, or permitting thousands of people driving high-performance vehicles into the area. That caused the chaos that led to these casualties.”
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