TOMS RIVER – A township man was killed after the vehicle he was driving struck a pole, flipped over and landed in the marsh near Hooper Avenue and South Shore Drive, authorities said.
Police believe that 28-year-old Paolo Helfers-Lariva was speeding on Hooper Avenue at the time of the crash. He became trapped under the vehicle submerged in the water in the early morning hours of November 26.
Two passengers were able to get out of the vehicle unharmed.
Toms River Police said Helfers-Lariva was freed from the water by officers, EMTs and firefighters from Silverton.
EMS performed CPR and he was taken to Community Medical Center where he passed away.
The cause of the accident is under investigation and is being led by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer Corporal Terry Warren .
According to police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI Unit also aided at the scene.