Second man charged in fatal Egg Harbor City drag race

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A Burlington County man was indicted for vehicular homicide in connection with a 2011 drag race in Egg Harbor City that claimed the life of a 19-year-old woman, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

On Monday, Feb. 4, members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office arrested Alec Kavanagh, 20, at his residence in Brown Mills. Kavanagh is the second man charged with vehicular homicide for alleged involvement in the fatal crash on Oct. 23, 2011 that left Ashley Adams of Southampton, Burlington County, dead. 

On Oct. 25, 2011 Kevin Dilks, now 21, of Chatsworth, the driver of the vehicle Adams was a passenger in, was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving and underage drinking.

A warrant for Kavanagh’s arrest was issued after an indictment by an Atlantic County grand jury last week.

Kavanagh was indicted on charges of vehicular homicide and conspiracy. He was lodged at the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility on $100,000 bail.

Police said that at approximately 1:30 a.m. on the day of the crash, Dilks was driving a Jeep Cherokee south on Clarks Landing Road when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the west side of the roadway and overturned, coming to rest against several trees. Adams was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. She was flown to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus, where she was pronounced dead a few hours later, according to a news release from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Dilks was also taken to the hospital and released shortly after with no serious injuries.

It is alleged that Kavanagh was the driver of a second vehicle that was engaged in a drag race with Dilks at the time of the accident.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office website at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. 


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