2018 News Release

November 26, 2018

Public Information Bureau (609) 882-2000
Major Brian Polite - ext. 6514
Lt. Theodore Schafer - ext. 6515
SFC Jeff Flynn - ext. 6516
Sgt. Lawrence Peele - ext. 6531
Tpr. Alejandro Goez - ext. 6527

State Police Seeking Public's Assistance with Identifying Vehicle Struck in Fatal Crash

Mount Laurel Township, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public's assistance with identifying a vehicle struck by the at fault driver in a fatal crash that killed Madelynn Rizzo, 9, of Union, N.J. and seriously injured Marcelo Rizzo, 37, of Elizabeth, N.J. and Juliana Rizzo, 8, of Union, N.J.

On Sunday, November 25, at 6:03 p.m., troopers from Bordentown Station responded to Interstate 295 northbound at milepost 38 in Mount Laurel Township for the report of motor vehicle accident. When troopers arrived, they found a Ford Focus that went off the road and struck several trees. The driver, Marcelo Rizzo, and passenger, Juliana Rizzo, sustained serious injuries and were taken to Cooper Medical Center. Madelynn Rizzo, a second passenger, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Based on the preliminary investigation including witness statements, detectives determined that Marcelo Rizzo was operating his vehicle erratically, struck an unknown vehicle in the center lane, and went off the road. Detectives believe Rizzo struck the unknown vehicle on the passenger side rear, which caused damage to the rear quarter panel and/or rear passenger side bumper.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bordentown Detective Bureau at (609) 298-1171. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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