A vehicle overturned in a New Jersey swamp over the weekend, trapping three occupants and killing the driver while the other two were able to get to safety, authorities said.
Toms River Police said officers and emergency medical personnel were dispatched just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday to the scene on South Shore Drive and found the vehicle upside down in the swamp “with the occupants trapped on the inside”.
Police said the two passengers were uninjured and managed to free themselves, but Paolo Helfers-Lariva, 28, of Toms River “was trapped and submerged in the water”. He was eventually released and taken to the community medical center where he was later pronounced dead.
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Police said the initial investigation indicated the vehicle was traveling south at high speed when it lost control and left the roadway, hitting a pole before overturning in the swamp. The accident remains under investigation.