October 13, 2021
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Lawrence Township Chief of Police Brian M. Caloiaro announced today that an investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning in the area of Route 1 Northbound and Bakers Basin Road has resulted in criminal charges being filed against a Voorhees man.
Frank Claybrooks, 54, is charged with second-degree leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and third-degree endangering an injured victim. He was processed and released pending future court proceedings.
On Monday, October 11, 2021, at approximately 6:40 a.m., Lawrence police responded to area of Route 1 Northbound and Bakers Basin Road after receiving a call from a driver who observed a person down in the roadway. Upon arrival, patrol officers located a deceased female pedestrian who was later identified as Maria Angelica Moran-Moreira, 54, of Lawrenceville.
Detectives located area surveillance footage and spoke with witnesses. The investigation revealed that a flat-bed tractor trailer making a right turn onto Route 1 from Bakers Basin Road struck the victim in the roadway at approximately 5:55 a.m. Claybrooks was operating the truck.
The charges are the result of an investigation by Detectives Todd Caruso, Sean Kerins and Joseph Radlinsky of the Lawrence Township Police Department and Detectives Natalie Martinez and Ryan Minnick of the prosecutor’s Serious Collision Response Team.
Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.