Day: December 18, 2022

Truck Driver And Passenger Escape Firey Crash On Route 1 In Lawrence Township

December 18, 2022

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER) – A fire that fully-engulfed a box truck forced police to shut down the southbound lanes of the Trenton Freeway (Route 1), between the split with Business Route 1 and Whitehead Road, for an extended period Saturday evening, Dec. 17.

It was shortly before 7:20 p.m. when township police and Mercer County Central Communications became inundated with multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting that a vehicle had crashed and was on fire. Police and township firefighters arrived to find the blazing Ford box truck sitting on its side along the guardrail that separates the highway from the rear yards of homes on Glenview Drive.

Residents of Glenview Drive gathered in their yards and watched through the trees as flames shot into the night sky and several small explosions from the vehicle’s bursting tires echoed through the neighborhood. Township firefighters extinguished the blaze. The driver and a passenger from the truck reportedly escaped from the wreckage without injury.

The cause of the accident was under investigation by Lawrence Township police.  

Shooting Under Investigation In Hopewell Township; 20-Year-Old From Manalapan Found Dead In Car

December 18, 2022

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Hopewell Township Police Chief James Rosso reported that a 20-year-old Manalapan man was fatally shot in Hopewell Township Saturday evening.

At approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2022, Hopewell police responded to the Hopewell Valley Nature Preserve off of Harbourton-Woodsville Road.  Upon arrival, officers located a white Mercedes C300 on a trail with a male slumped over in the driver’s seat.  The victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound a short time later.  The victim has been identified as Phillip Urban of Manalapan.

The shooting is under investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hopewell Township Police Department.  Preliminary investigation indicates Urban arranged to meet an acquaintance at the preserve and was shot at some point during the encounter.  No arrests have been made.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the MCHTF at (609) 989-6406 or the HTPD at (609) 737-3100 ext. 5740.  Information can also be emailed to

Phillip Urban of Manalapan is listed on the Post University Athletics, 2022-2023 Men’s Basketball Roster in Waterbury, Connecticut. He graduated from the Pennington School this past June.

Post University Men’s Basketball | 12/19/2022 11:19:00 AM

It is with great sadness that Post University announces the passing of student and men’s basketball player, Phil Urban.

Urban passed away tragically in a shooting near his home in New Jersey on Saturday evening.

“Phil was well liked by everyone in the Post community. His quiet sense of humor was infectious and he was a valuable part of our basketball program,” Head men’s basketball coach Marc Kuntz said.

The Post University community expresses its deepest condolences and sympathy to Phil’s family, friends, teammates and all of those who loved him.

Phillip Urban from the Post University Athletics social media accounts.

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Google Street View Image of the area