Egg Harbor Township police car

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A 33-year-old man was killed Monday night after he was hit by two cars on the Black Horse Pike in the Cardiff section of the township.

About 8:55 p.m., police responded to the pike in front of Rental Country for a fatal pedestrian crash, police said in a news release. Township resident Jose Santiago was pronounced dead at the scene.

Santiago, who was in the road, was hit by a 2007 Mercedes Benz driven by Vicente Luna, 36, of Vineland, going east on the pike, police said.

Santiago was thrown about 75 feet from the car, sustaining fatal injuries, police said. He was then hit by a second car, which left the scene and has not been identified.

Police issued Luna a summons for operating a car while suspended, as well as criminal charges for being involved in a fatal car crash with a suspended license.

The pike was closed in the area for three hours while officials investigated and the scene was cleared, police said.

The Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company also responded.

Sgt. Larry Graham, Traffic Safety Unit Officers James Ludwig and Benjamin Kollman and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating. Anyone who saw the crash or has information about the second vehicle can call the Traffic Safety Unit at 609-926-2661.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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