An Atlantic City mother of five children died in a motor vehicle crash in Egg Harbor Township on Tuesday afternoon that also injured her niece and the niece’s 2-year-old son.
Thelma H. Torres, 35, died in the 12:49 p.m. accident on Delilah Road near Delilah Terrace, police said.
Roberto Pacheco, Torres’ brother-in-law, said she was on her way to fill out a job application at Sam’s Club with her niece, Lanette Torres, 21, of Atlantic City, and Lanette’s young child. Family members waited in the rain for more than half an hour as firefighters attempted to rescue Torres from the passenger side of the car.
Firefighters were able to remove the roof of the car to reach Torres, and a medical responder had an IV hooked to Torres for the duration of the incident. She was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
Police said Lanette Torres was driving east on Delilah Road when the car experienced a mechanical problem, causing it to cross into the oncoming lane. The vehicle then hit a car driven by Fredrick L. Cincotti, 49, of Egg Harbor Township, police said.
Cincotti’s vehicle rested on top of the Torres’ vehicle, which caused Thelma Torres to become trapped, police said. Cincotti did not have any reported injuries.
Egg Harbor City resident Theresa Thomas, Thelma Torres’ older sister, said Torres was married and had five children between the ages of 12 and 18.
“Her whole life revolved around the kids,” she said. “Her whole life was about the kids.”
Thomas said the family was in shock over what happened and she was spending Tuesday night with Thomas’ children to care for them.
“I can’t even explain how I feel,” she said. “It’s hard. We’re trying to get (Torres’ children) situated. There’s a lot that needs to be taken care of.”
Thomas said Lanette Torres suffered many broken bones in the accident. She underwent surgery Tuesday and could have more on Wednesday, Thomas said. Her son has been released from the hospital.
Police said the two were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus.
Thelma Torres was extracted from the vehicle by the Farmington Fire Company, Cardiff Fire Company and Atlantic City International Airport Fire Department, police said.
The road was closed to traffic for about three hours. The crash was still under investigation Tuesday evening.
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