Fatal New Jersey Car Crash Kills 9-Year-Old Hammonton Boy

A 9-year-old Hammonton boy was killed in a fatal Hamilton Township car wreck when the vehicle he was riding in was struck in the rear.

At approximately 1 p.m. on April 10, Ryan Schleyer was traveling in a Honda Accord with Max Guzman Sr., 35 and his 11-year-old son, also named Max Guzman. As Guzman was stopped in the southbound lane of Cologne Avenue, waiting to turn left to reach the athletic fields behind the firehouse, his vehicle was struck in the rear by a Ford Explorer driven by William Liepe, 58.

The impact forced his Honda into the northbound lane where it was then struck by a Cadillac Escalade, driven by Rosa Vazquez, 38.

Schleyer, a third-grader at Warren E. Sooy Jr. Elementary School, was restrained in the rear seat of the Honda. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Multiple injuries were also sustained in this accident. Max Guzman Sr. was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City. Max Guzman Jr., who was restrained in the front seat of the Honda, was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for serious injuries.

Rosa Vazquez’s daughter, Jalyssa Hitchens, 15, was riding in the front seat of the Escalade and complained of shoulder pain. Vazquez’s 71-year-old mother, also named Rosa Vazquez, was riding in the rear of the vehicle and suffered cardiac issues.

This devastating New Jersey auto accident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

The New Jersey fatal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ryan Schleyer and wish them strength through this very difficult time. We would also like to wish a quick recovery to all who were injured in this tragic New Jersey car accident.