Route 40 accident

Police and firefighters work at the scene of an incident Thursday morning on Route 40 in Mays Landing. The road was blocked in both directions following a fuel spill.

NICOLE LEONARD / Staff Writer

A Mays Landing man has been charged with aggravated manslaughter after a man he is accused of punching Nov. 2 on the shoulder of Route 40 died of his injuries.

Calvin Wiggins, 24, struck John Charlton, 54, of Mays Landing, after Charlton allegedly interevened while Wiggins was assaulting a woman, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said. Wiggins initally was charged with aggravated assault. Charlton died Sunday, Tyner said.

The incident occurred near Cantillon Boulevard.

Wiggins was involved in a domestic dispute, Tyner said.

It is believed Charlton exited his vehicle and yelled at Wiggins to stop assaulting the woman when he was punched by Wiggins, Tyner said. Charlton fell to the ground, struck his head and never regained consciousness.

A second vehicle stopped at the scene to assist but struck a street sign, which punctured the fuel tank, spilling gasoline onto the road, police said.

Charlton had been hospitalized at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, since the assault.

In addition to being charged with aggravated assault initially, Wiggins was charged with simple assault and possession of marijuana, police said. He was held in the Atlantic County jail in Mays Landing on the charges and a parole detainer.

The investigation was handled by Hamilton Township police Detective Craig Clayton. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy will represent the state in the matter.

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