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Rt 23 Fatal Crash
Release Date: July 30, 2017

Jefferson Twp

Jefferson Twp. Police Department

News Release



IR#:   2017-23923                        


Date of Incident:      Friday, July 28, 2017               


Date of Release:      Friday, July 28, 2017

                                  Sunday, July 30, 2017 (Update)


Prepared by:  Detective Joseph Kratzel


Approved by:                       



On Friday, July 28, 2017, at approximately 5 am, P.O. Ryan McGowan responded to a motor vehicle crash, which occurred on Route 23 South in the area of Oak Ridge Road.


The initial investigation revealed Jeffery Carr, 48, from Hamburg, was traveling on Route 23 South operating a GMC pick-up truck. His vehicle struck two pedestrians who were crossing Route 23 in the area of 2910 Route 23 South, Crystal Brook Residence.


Robert Coward, 48, from Newton, was also traveling on Route 23 South operating a GMC Pick-up truck. His vehicle also struck both pedestrians.


Both pedestrians were coming back from Dunkin Donuts walking south on Route 23 South. When crossing the highway, both were struck in the left lane throwing them into the right lane, again causing them to be struck by another vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.


Pedestrians were identified as David Rackley, 50, from Long Valley, New Jersey and Andrei Gross, 70, of Madison, New Jersey.


The crash investigation is still being conducted by Detective Geib. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident should contact Detective Geib, 973-697-1300 or the Morris County Prosecutors Office, 973-285-6200.  

Citizens who have information relating to crimes, criminal activity or wanted persons (fugitives) can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Morris County Crime Stoppers offer the citizens of Morris County direct and easy access to their law enforcement community.  Reward and anonymity are the incentive.  Making Morris County a safer place to live is the benefit!

(973) COP-CALL


Note: All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.                             

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