ABSECON — A Galloway Township man is dead after a single-car accident on the White Horse Pike on Saturday night, and a pedestrian from Atlantic City was killed Sunday evening on the roadway close to the same spot, authorities said.
On Sunday evening, Absecon Police Chief David Risley identified the man who died Saturday night as Keith B. Mills, 28, of Galloway Township.
Saturday night at 10:07 p.m., Absecon police responded to a single-vehicle crash on the pike just west of Delilah Road.
The vehicle struck the center barrier on the White Horse Pike, overturned and came to rest on its roof, police said.
Mills was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The pike's eastbound lanes were closed for about seven hours as authorities investigated and cleared the scene.
The other passenger has not been identified and was treated and transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus. on Sunday evening, Risley said the individual remains hospitalized.
On Sunday evening at 6:48 p.m., police responded again to the White Horse Pike for a pedestrian who was struck near the intersection of Haddon Avenue and the pike.
Peter A. Sacco, 57, of Atlantic City, was struck and killed on Route 30 across from the Absecon Marketplace, said Risley. Sacco was pronounced dead at the scene, Risley said.
The roadway was closed to traffic for about 2½ hours and the scene was cleared at 9 p.m., he said.
On Sunday night, Absecon Mayor John Armstrong said the White Horse Pike is clearly the most dangerous roadway in the city.
“It blows me away to hear this news and I am frustrated. That is a horrible combination of events, that’s for sure,” Armstrong said of the two fatal accidents in less than 24 hours in the city.
Pedestrians on the pike are usually coming from the transient people living in the motels along Route 30 who are crossing the pike to make purchases at local businesses, Armstrong said.
“There are people out there who are making illegal U-turns, people are speeding and pedestrians who cross against the light and it is a constant worry,” he said.
Armstrong said he has spoken with Risley and the state Department of Transportation about adding signage to the pike to encourage people to slow down, stop making illegal U-turns and stop pedestrians from crossing the roadway and at times jumping the barriers.
Unfortunately, the DOT has not been very responsive to the city’s concerns about the roadway, Armstrong said.
Armstrong contacted the DOT last week about traffic concerns in other locations on Route 30, including Turner Avenue and the Pike, he said.
Both accidents remain under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Patrolman Christian Cavileer at the Absecon Police Department at 609-641-0667.
Wallace McKelvey contributed to this report.
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