Driver in Collision with County Detective Gets $378 in Fines

Car crash led to death of Tina Rambo, Ocean County Detective and former Point Beach special police officer

A Marlton woman pleaded guilty to two of four Municipal Court charges stemming from a car accident that killed Tina Rambo, an Ocean County detective.

Rachel Portnoy, 24, pleaded guilty in Southampton Municipal Court in Burlington County on Wednesday to charges of overtaking and passing vehicles and driving an unregistered vehicle and has to pay $378 in fines and court costs, said Terry Bodine, Municipal Court administrator.

Rambo died from injuries sustained in the accident, leaving behind her husband, Roy Rambo, and two young boys, who were 3 and 6 years old at the time

Portnoy pleaded guilty in court "with civil reservations" to overtaking and passing vehicles, which means the guilty plea cannot be used against her in a civil proceeding, Bodine said. For that charge, she was fined $206 plus $33 in court costs.

She also pleaded guilty to driving an unregistered vehicle and was fined $106, plus $33 in court costs.

Portnoy pleaded not guilty to "failure to obey regulations in a marked lane" and "reckless driving" and both charges "were dismissed at the prosecutor's discretion," Bodine said.

The state police had originally investigated the incident, then referred it to the Burlington County Prosecutor's office, which concluded there was no evidence to file criminal charges, said Joel Bewley, public information officer for the Burlington County Prosecutor's office.

Rambo, who had lived and graduated from high school in Toms River, was living in Marlton with her family.

JOHNNY Done it May 26, 2012 at 03:36 AM
take a look at some the laws the victim gets victimized the laws need to be changed her careless--reckless actions resulted in this untimely death of this wife, Mother ,daughter, and public servant. Stay home or take a cab ..THis makes me sick.. sort of like i was just holding up the gun I didnt pull the trigger..
Tom June 01, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Tina was my neighbor and great friend at Rowan University. I just found out about an hour ago of her death through a mutual friend. We had been in touch via Facebook and when she was no longer on I thought it had something to do with her line of work. I had no idea that she had been killed. I wish there was evidence to prove exactly why Ms. Portnoy's car killed a very dear friend of mine. $378.00? Doesn't seem right at all. My prayers go out to Roy and her two boys. RIP, "T"
unfrigginbelivable August 22, 2012 at 06:24 PM
wow a decision she made to pass resulted in a death i dont care she should be in jail its sick that some one can kill someone with a car and serve no time a car a gun whats the difference you made a decision that resulted in somones death you should pay the price i believe in an eye for an eye harsh yeah but guess what she is still alive and now 2 young boys no longer have a mother to watch them grow up
Sad April 29, 2013 at 01:06 PM
@A Resident Please look up the accident scene before you comment it is all over the web. She did in fact cross a solid line. The lawyer new the judge that makes this a done deal. Once again the justice system failed the innocent.
Angelo April 29, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Forgiveness is a personal belief/Religous thing. When people hurt others, hurt animals or just show a lack of concern for others, that all goes out the window. This is a complete mess allowing this person to get off with a $400 fine after this the family lost their wife & mother.


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