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Freeholder's Bloodwork Results Come Back Negative, State Police Say

Freeholder John P. Kelly was involved in May 18 accident that killed a Barnegat motorcyclist

Alcohol and drug tests done on Freeholder John P. Kelly following a May 18 accident that killed a Barnegat motorcyclist have come back "clean," State Trooper Christopher Kay said.

"It was negative for any type of alcohol or drugs," he said.

The investigation into the accident that took the life of William D. Kolb will probably be completed within the next several weeks," Kaye said.

"It's in the final stages," he said. "The detectives have to make sure they cross their T's and dot their I's. Then they will submit the final report."

Once the report is submitted, State Police detectives and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office will decide whether any summonses will be issued, Kaye said.

State Police had previously said it could take six to 8 weeks for toxicological tests to be completed. Kelly consented to the procedure, which is standard protocol in fatal accidents, state police have said.

Kolb, 24, was thrown from his motorcycle after it collided with the SUV driven by Kelly, state police have said.

Trooper Joseph Mezzo has said that Kolb was southbound on Route 9 on his black 2011 Harley Davidson at approximately 6:35 p.m. on May 18, near mile marker 65.5. Kolb attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him, then collided with the right fender of Kelly's 2005 SUV when he tried to return to the lane of traffic, he said.

Kelly, 61, West Creek, was northbound on Route 9 and was attempting to make a left turn into the West Creek Deli when the collision occurred, Mezzo said.

Kelly previously described the accident as "traumatic."

Ryan Hardy July 10, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Sketchy. This whole story doesn't seem to add up
Isheet Mipants July 10, 2012 at 09:02 PM
absolute cover up! Why so long any common man it would have been one day!,Bunch of B.S.
Rahrah July 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Everybody is so quick to believe the worst just because someone is well known. I do t know him, but I do know a "nobody" that was involved in a fatal (it's mandatory that blood is taken) and it took almost two months as well. People need to stop starting rumors and focus on worrying about the families of those involved. It's a tragedy for both sides.
Lowmal July 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Are the first two commenters here seeing black helicopters outside their houses, too? For corn's sake. It takes 6 weeks to get a thorough toxicology report back. "Sketchy" and "cover up?" Ahem.. Perhaps you'd like to enlighten us all with your proof? Yes, I can see where you would automatically condemn the State Police detectives and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office as acting fishy here. I'm sure Freeholder Kelly holds their jobs and funding in his iron first. What a slew of nuts you are.
Ian C July 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Rahrah thanks for your comment...people spend way to much time getting their heads wrapped around others business just because their name is known. To the first two commenters...had you been in this situation we wouldnt be reading articles about it, the press would brush it under the carpet...find something else to worry about
skizma July 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM
the first two are nothing but "commentors". Empty words meant to rile or stir something up. lolol...dumb is a better word. This was a tragedy and could happen to anyone - public figure or not - and it would be sad.
Theodore the Chipmunk July 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Some of you are a disgrace. Are you doing this for political ends? If so, you are sick and should seek counseling. The Man volunteered for the test; it was negative. Move on and get a life. Both families have been through a lot. Why can't you respect their privacy?
Wise Owl July 11, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Well said. The low life's should slither back ino their earthin hole.
Ryan Hardy July 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM
He is a public, elected official and thus is going to be under scrutiny. Nobody forced him to take the job, and their was some fishieness to the whole handling of this. We just want to know the unadulterated TRUTH. What's the problem there?
BeachGirl319 July 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I don't think most people are aware of just how much work goes into a fatal accident investigation. These things can take months to fully complete, the final case file several inches thick. The cops don't just walk onto the scene & say "oh look, that's what happened" . They are specialized units that receive extensive training. The damage to the vehicles are assessed, photos are taken, evidence is collected, skid marks are measured, lasers are used to measure scenes, mathematical equations are used to determine speed, witness statements are taken at the convenience of the witnesses. Autopsy & toxicology reports take weeks. And they don't generally work only one case at a time. Do some research on the Internet, fatal accident investigation = long, thorough & complicated process, not necessarily cover-up
Wise Owl July 11, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Moe, I went back and read yor comments on this. You are biased and I can only conclude that you are doing this because of your personal politics. Watch out for bad Karma, it finds people like you.
WhyohWhy July 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM
AMEN well said... Ian, skizma, and Theodore.... !!! Unless this was your bro, father, or son...its none of your business to care so much as to stir the pot ! Its over... the end ...move on to something else to complain about !
JerseyVet July 11, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Accidents happen. I don't think this case was handled any different than any other fatal accident. taking a blood test proves there was no alcohol or drugs involved. I bet all the people that were involved in this accident and their families are all upset. even though kelly was not at fault he will carry the mental burden of this accident the rest of his life. this is why they call it accidents. I am sure the family of the cyclist is very upset and by all rights they should be. they lost a loved one. but because Mr. Kelly is a figurehead he is going through extreme scrutiny which is unnecessary. please think how many times we were almost involved in a serious accident or was in a serious accident. everyone's quality of life has been altered forever. just for the record usually the blood reports are held back to the final report. in this case they were released before the final report. Please let law enforcement do their job.
Sal Sorce July 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
May 9, 2012, Essex Cty, Judge C.A. Murray announced that the Essex Cty. Grand Jury indicted A. Nunez 20, for first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second degree vehicular homicide, second degree assault + 4th degree aggravated assault by automobile in the death of Ms. A. Nelson. Nunez the driver was driving when his auto hit a utility pole and the young woman-Nelson was thrown from the rear window suffered severe head and body trauma injuries ... she died. This was in West Orange, NJ Sept. 2010. Things take time for the system to work through all the details. Many are watching the officials. Much to consider in this tragic incident and the loss of a young man.
Ryan Hardy July 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I'm biased? Hardly. If it's none of our business as you say, then why is the Patch making it ours. I still don't believe these results
Ryan Hardy July 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
No, I'm not seeing black helicopters, I'm seeing Obama's DRONES! Watch out!
makemyday July 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
It is what it is. My thoughts go out to this young mans family. God Bless!
Willy Nilly July 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
This REEKS of a cover-up. People need to question more, it's a shame that this happened, but we need to hold our officials accountable.
So Much to Say July 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
@Michelle DeLaney They did....And Kelley passed the drug and alcohol test. No "cover-up, No conspiracy...This reeks of NOTHING. It was an accident. A tragic accident but still an accident. It's sad someone died because of this accident.
Isheet Mipants July 11, 2012 at 09:03 PM
yeah i guess no one wiil take responsibility for this tragic death!...Its horrible that this happened and I'm sure the protectors of Mr. Kelly's legasy will want to see this nightmare go away.Remember Ted Kennedy!
WhyohWhy July 11, 2012 at 09:11 PM
@Michele Delaney and kramdon... you two should just put a sock in it now. The one that should take responsibility for the accident has died. HE tried to PASS on the RIGHT then tried to move back into the lane, there was a witness ! Just because it didn't go the way you wanted it to, doesn't mean there was a cover up. kramdon, OMG what drama !!! Remember Ted Kennedy? ARE YOU frigging kidding me? There is NO comparison.... NONE... go back and read your history ! UGH..... you people just slay me, really. Give it up and let it go....Go find another topic to harp on.
Willy Nilly July 11, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Good comparison. This whole event is very suspicious.
bths06 July 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM
RedonRed- There was a "witness" that proves nothing. Could someone had been called to get there before the cops did? Happens all the time with truckers and others. How do we know that the "witness" was actually there the whole time and really did see the accident happen? We don't but we will take the story of the "witness" and Kelly as the truth because no one else was there to see it.
Shaylah July 17, 2012 at 02:46 PM
He didn't pass on the right. He made a legal pass on the left. AFTER he had already returned to his lane of travel, Kelly made a left hand turn in front of him. Read the police report before you try to act like you know what happened.
WhyohWhy July 17, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Shaylah... I didn't say he "made" a pass on the right I said he TRIED to pass on the right and couldn't and tried to get back into his lane. Why don't you produce the Police report... that you claim says he made a left turn. If thats true then Lacey patch reported all the wrong info. I'm going by what I read in the Lacey Patch... can't fault me for that.
Sal Sorce July 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
My retired deputy chief of police relative told me (based upon what's been reported/spoken of ... he Kelly was turning left into on-coming traffic), anyone who does such a move in any on coming traffic without being sure of a clear path is guilty of a serious traffic violation. He said it's highly possible Kelly did not make that observation ... I cannot understand but am convinced based upon the immediate report by the state police at the scene a cover up may be perpetrated ... he also stated based upon 34-years of police experience in New Jersey, a traffic violation combined with a mortality is surely something the family should be making a complaint at the state government level ... but does also understand that politics often is complicit. Kelly the only witness ... wrong, the dynamics of such an accident show there was a move on the part of Kelly, he did not have a clear path to make such a move into the biker and any traffic ... bad driving judgments are made every day in our area ... I see it all the time with cell phone use and drivers coming straight at me ... FACTS are FACTS ... any such prefabrication is also a felony. Young bike drivers are a serious target ... rest in peace young man!
Sal Sorce July 17, 2012 at 03:43 PM
is anyone aware that Kelly is-was the real candidate for County Sheriff ??? The old timer who's running refused to step away ... Freeloads had to back the current Sheriff ... what joke ... Ocean County Cronyism is surely ALIVE ... WELL? NOT SURE ... MOVEMENT IS AFOOT TO BREAK THINGS UP ... FOLKS have to gall to tell me there is no politics involved at the county and municipal levels ?????

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