Two men sentenced to 6 years for vehicular homicide

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MAYS LANDING – Two New Jersey men were sentenced Thursday, Aug. 7 to six years in prison for racing on the highway in Egg Harbor City in 2011, and causing a crash that killed a 19-year-old woman, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Friday, Aug. 8.

On Oct. 23, 2011, at approximately 1:30 a.m., authorities from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Egg Harbor City Police Department and the Galloway Police Department responded to the scene of a one-car accident on Clarks Landing Road in Egg Harbor City.

A Jeep Cherokee, driven by Kevin Dilks, 22, of Chatsworth, had been traveling south on Clarks Landing Road when he lost control of the vehicle, which overturned and left the highway, coming to rest against several trees. The female passenger, Ashley Adams, 19, of Southampton, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. She was flown to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus, where she was pronounced dead from multiple blunt force traumas. Dilks suffered minor injuries, and was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

A subsequent investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Egg Harbor City Police Department, led to Dilks’ arrest three days later for charges of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving, and underage drinking. Authorities also issued a warrant, upon indictment, for Alec Kavanagh, 22, of Browns Mills, on Jan. 30, 2013. Both Dilks and Kavanagh were indicted for vehicular homicide and conspiracy.

The state alleged that Dilks and Kavanagh were racing on the highway when Dilks lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

Dilks and Kavanagh each pled guilty to vehicular homicide before Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury on April 8, 2014.

On Thurs., Aug. 7, both Judge DeLury sentenced the men to six years in prison. They each must serve 85 percent of the prison term under the No Early Release Act, or five years, a month, and six days before parole eligibility.

At sentencing, Judge DeLury spoke to the extreme recklessness of the act and the importance of a general deterrence through the public understanding of the seriousness of the offense and its consequences.

Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy represented the state.

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 Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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