Serious charges after DWI crash on Avalon Boulevard

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AVALON — Two people, including the driver and a 7-year-old, are in stable condition after a serious single-car accident on Avalon Boulevard Saturday, which closed Avalon Boulevard for several hours over Memorial Day weekend.

The Avalon Police Department charged the driver, a Lower Township man, with various offenses following the accident. Police say he was intoxicated.

The accident meant both lanes were closed for a time over the busy holiday weekend.

On Saturday, May 24, at approximately 4:59 p.m., Avalon Police, the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department, and Avalon Rescue all responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Clarence E. Pike IV, 31, of Villas. 

Pike’s truck was heading east on Avalon Boulevard when it left the road, crossed the westbound lanes, and struck a utility pole head on. 

A 7-year-old boy was also a passenger in the vehicle.  Pike was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, while the juvenile was airlifted to Cooper Hospital.  Both were reported to be in stable condition, according to police.

After further investigation, Avalon Police discovered that Pike was intoxicated, and his driver’s license was suspended and expired, according to information from police.  He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child (2nd degree crime), aggravated assault by auto resulting in bodily injury (3rd degree crime), failure to provide health and safety to the public (4th degree crime), driving while intoxicated, and several other motor vehicle violations.

Bail was set by Judge George Neidig Jr. at $50,000 full cash.  The arresting officers in the case were Patrolman Mark Glassford and Sgt. Sean McNair.

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