Two people died Sunday morning in Hamilton Township after they were ejected from the vehicle they were traveling in, police said.
The victims were identified Sunday afternoon as Michael Love, 30, of Atlantic City, and Matthew A. Zaydel, 19, of Mays Landing.
Zaydel’s mother, Sheryl Zaydel, said her son was a passenger in the car, but she did not know what caused the crash.
Police said that at 1:56 a.m., Officer Frank Smyth was on patrol near Weymouth Road at milepost 16.5 south of the Watering Hole Cafe when he spotted an overturned vehicle along the tree line. Two occupants from the vehicle had been ejected. Police described the area as remote and dark.
Zaydel was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus in Galloway Township, where he was pronounced dead, while Love was airlifted by Southstar medical helicopter to AtlantiCare’s City Campus in Atlantic City, where he was also pronounced dead.
Police said because both victims were ejected, it’s not clear which man had been driving.
Sheryl Zaydel said her son, a 2012 graduate of Oakcrest High School, loved cars and planned to attend an automotive technical school in Pennsylvania.
Matthew Zaydel was one of three sons in the family, she said.
“He could be my little rabble-rouser, but he was a good kid. he had a heart of gold,” Sheryl Zaydel said.
She said the family was donating some skin grafts to the Gift of Life program.
Sheryl Zaydel said Love was her son’s tattoo artist and that she had only met him once.
On Sunday, several friends and family members left condolences on Love’s Facebook page. Less than a week ago, Love posted that he was working at Bloodline Ink, a tattoo parlor on Main Street in Pleasantville. No one answered calls to Bloodline Ink on Sunday.
The crash is being investigated by police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
It was not immediately clear whether other people had been involved in the crash. Hamilton Police Chief Stacy Tappeiner and Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Haleigh Walz did not respond to calls and emails Sunday night regarding those issues.
Sheryl Zaydel said funeral services likely would be held Wednesday.
Township of Hamilton Emergency Medical Services, AtlantiCare paramedics and the Mays Landing Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene.
Staff Writer Jennifer Bogdan contributed to this report.
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