TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–On Monday, December 6, 2021, at approximately 8:56 a.m. police units were dispatched to the intersection of Route 37 and Oak Ridge Parkway for a reported motor vehicle accident. Initial investigation revealed Crystal Calpin, 29 of Toms River, was travelling west on Route 37, approaching the intersection of Oak Ridge Parkway when she failed to stop for the red traffic signal. Ms. Calpin proceeded through the intersection at a high rate of speed and collided with a vehicle travelling south on Oak Ridge Parkway.
Ms. Calpin was transported to Community Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries. Both occupants of the other vehicle were transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center where they are listed in critical condition.
The accident remains under investigation by the Toms River Police Traffic Safety Unit.
CHESTERFIELD, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Chesterfield Township Police Department Acting Officer-in-Charge Sgt. Mike Davison announced that a 62-year-old woman died over the weekend after being struck by a pickup truck while she was riding along Sykesville Road with a group of cyclists.
Julie Galezniak, of Stratford, died after being airlifted to a Trenton hospital following the December 4 incident, which occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m.
The investigation revealed that she was riding southbound on Sykesville Road with other cyclists when she was struck by a pickup truck heading in the same direction.
The name of the driver, who remained on the scene, is being withheld at this time because no traffic summons have been issued and no criminal charges have been filed.
The investigation is being conducted by the Chesterfield Township Police Department, the Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police.
This is the second fatality recently along the same stretch of Sykesville Road. On October 20, Mary Broderick, 71, of Chesterfield, was fatally struck by a vehicle being driven by Valentina Golya, 86, of Chesterfield, as she was walking along the road.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Golya was issued a summons for Careless Driving.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck and Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Tracy M. Thompson today announced that two siblings were indicted on insurance fraud charges for allegedly submitting several forged and falsified proof of college enrollment letters in order to secure continued dependency benefits from New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group (NJM). NJM is headquartered in the West Trenton section of Ewing Township, New Jersey.
Paola Saray Portillo (also known as Paola Saray Reyes), 26, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was indicted on second-degree insurance fraud, third-degree theft by deception, five counts of fourth-degree forgery, and five counts of fourth-degree falsifying and tampering with records.
Paola Saray and her brother, Larry Ulisses Portillo (also known as Larry Ulisses Portillo Quinoñez), 25, of Long Beach, California, were both indicted on third-degree conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, third-degree insurance fraud, fourth-degree forgery, and fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records.
The indictment was returned by a grand jury on December 3, 2021.
The grand jury indictment alleges that between December, 2016 and September, 2018 the siblings submitted six forged and falsified proof of enrollment letters from Long Beach City College in order to secure continued dependency benefits from NJM to which neither were entitled. Since both Paola and Larry were no longer attending any college full-time, nor were they attending Long Beach City College, neither were entitled to any dependency benefits.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, and third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Fourth-degree crimes carry a sentence of up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Deputy Attorney General Leslie-Ann Justus presented the case to the grand jury for the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor under the supervision of Private Insurance Bureau Chief DAG Cheryl Maccaroni, Assistant Bureau Chief DAG Crystal Callahan, and Deputy Insurance Fraud Prosecutor AAG Al Garcia. Detective Kirstie Krupa and Lt. Anne Hayes coordinated the investigation with assistance from CLASS Analyst Marwa Kashef.
Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Tracy M. Thompson noted that many cases have started with anonymous tips. People who are concerned about insurance cheating and have information about a fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or visiting the website at www.NJInsurancefraud.org. State regulations permit a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution, and conviction for insurance fraud.
MANCHESTER, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 12:30 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to the area of 3460 Ridgeway Road for a house fire. Upon arrival the chief reported that there was a fully involved structure. The fire was spreading to the nearby woods and the New Jersey Forrest Fire Service was called to the scene. Firefighters battled the fire for approximately an hour and the fire was placed under control around 1:30 a.m. No additional details are available at this time.