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Police Identify Good Samaritan Killed On Parkway Saturday Night

Anibal Espinoza, 34, was one of four people attempting to help a Barnegat woman who spun out onto the right shoulder. The driver of the car that killed Espinoza was under the influence of CDS and driving without a license, police said.

State Police have identified the man who was killed while attempting to push a disabled car off the northbound lane of the Garden State Parkway in Lacey Township Saturday night.

Anibal Espinoza, 34, of North Plainfield was killed by a passing motorist when he and a group of friends were attempting to assist a Barnegat woman with her disabled car at mile marker 74.7 on the Garden State Parkway. Saturday, March 16, Sgt. Adam Grossman said Sunday morning, March 17.

The driver of the Gold Chrysler PT Cruiser that struck Espinoza was charged with driving under the influence of CDS, Grossman said.

Eric Hernandez, 26, of New London, CT, was charged with causing death/injury while driving unlicensed, driving under the influence of CDS and obstruction. He was lodged in the Ocean County jail on $50,000 full bail.

The passenger, Carlvina Williams, 26, of New London, CT, was charged with being under the influence of CDS and obstruction. She was released, pending a court date.

State Police, Lacey Township Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Forked River Fire Department responded to the scene of the multi-car crash at 4:46 p.m. According to Grossman, Espinoza was a passenger in a red van traveling north on the Garden State Parkway driven by when it came across a Silver Ford Focus that had spun out onto the right shoulder due to icy road conditions. Gabrielle Pacquiag, 22, of Barnegat, was driving the Focus.

Mario Morge, 37, of North Plainfield, was driving the van. Orlando Espinoza, 37, of North Plainfield and Oscar Valladares, 33, of North Plainfield, were also passengers in the van.

As a result of the accident, Anibal Espinoza was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he later succumbed to his injuries, Grossman said.

Pacquiag and Vallardes were also taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center with minor injuries. Morge and Orlando Espinoza were taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River with minor injuries.

State Police Detectives assisted with the investigation.

The incident remains under investigation.

MyOhMy March 17, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Prayers are in for all involved. Anne, how do you know 40 accidents in an hour? Just curious and I believe it. I drove over the parkway here in Lacey about 5:30 last night and saw at least 3 seperate accidents on the parkway and 1 on Lacey Rd. I guess black ice was the problem.
ray March 17, 2013 at 06:03 PM
What the hell is CDS?
. March 17, 2013 at 06:17 PM
The driver should never be let out of jail! Something has to stop these drunk drivers. They never kill themselves, only the innocent ones!
Paul E Taylor Jr March 17, 2013 at 06:30 PM
the guy that killed him was NOT from NJ was a benny from CT just as I predicted
Paul E Taylor Jr March 17, 2013 at 06:30 PM
what is more scary is states are starting to approve legalization of pot, can you picture what will be happening down the road?
Jeannie Blythe March 17, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Philip, what is the difference what state, town, county, borough someone is from? the important thing is that someone got killed trying to help another. Shame on you! Prayers go out to the families. RIP.
Maureen Plummer March 17, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Could possibly Cannabis Derived Substance.
SR March 17, 2013 at 07:27 PM
cds is contrlolled dangerous substance. this accident comes only a week after Patrick (Robert) Cook of Point Pleasant killed an 80 year old woman (Jane Eager) whlle driving down Jordan Road in Brick. The paper said he was driving drunk but I would like to see the toxicology report because I can almost guarantee you that he too was under the influence of a CDS. He has also had at least one DUI in the past although I'm almost certain he has had two! Very tragic...my condolences go out tp the families!
M. W. March 17, 2013 at 07:30 PM
CDS controlled dangerous substance
read bull March 17, 2013 at 07:56 PM
may the Lord have mercy on his soul.
SR March 17, 2013 at 08:13 PM
To cammi-if you are referring to The Lord having mercy on Eric Hernandez's (the driver) soul, I too hope The Lord has mercy on his soul. I just pray that the judge does not. I hope the judge grants not mercy but rather, justice!!!
Irina March 17, 2013 at 08:29 PM
I made it a point to show this story to my son, because during Sandy he stopped to help an elderly couple who had a flat and some jerk in a cream colored p/u hit his truck and heavily damaged it AND RAN. You wanna help... dial 911, stay they heck in your car. So sorry someone had to die...Real sad, I hope the junkie hangs!!! As for who hit my son's truck....KARMA is waiting on you!!!
Ken March 17, 2013 at 09:13 PM
This is a true shame. One of the problems is when these people are caught under the influence of drugs the judges will just give them a slap on the wrist at most. When they are caught they should definitely get jail time and I am not even talking about the ones who kill or injure people because they are on drugs, those type should be thrown in jial with the key thrown away.
Xavier March 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Controlled Dangerous Substance. Prescription drugs
donald hinman March 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM
So sad heart goes out to the familys.
RON March 18, 2013 at 02:56 AM
JUST SOME QUESTIONS ! WAS MR. HERNANDEZ ONE OF THOSE LET OUT OF PRISON BY MR. OBAMAS EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM ? WAS MR. HERNANDEZ HERE LEGALLY?
Momof2boys! March 18, 2013 at 03:06 AM
It's really sad, because the people who use drugs and drive among other things just get slaps on the wrist over and over because all the jails are over crowded and they want to make sure they have spots for murderers and rapists. Sadly some of the crimes wouldn't happen if they were punished for Their previous crimes first. But lets just put them in drug court and do community service. Waste of time!!!
Momof2boys! March 18, 2013 at 03:10 AM
I really hope there is justice for this man tragically killed, it's such a shame an angel trying to help a woman gets robbed of his life by some man who thinks its ok to use drugs and then drive around. May his family find peace it the good man he was, and his soul rest easy...
Chris L March 18, 2013 at 03:34 PM
How heartless can you be? A local resident helping a man on the side of the road. Wait, make that 5 local residents. Yep sounds really dirty. Asshole
Chris L March 18, 2013 at 03:36 PM
While i do find this sad, thats a bit much. Dont get me wrong, im not defending what he did and I think he should pay his time but I doubt he went out in the morning thinking "im gonna kill someone with my car". Id rather see all the child molesters in lacey locked up forever but they just get out in a few years and go back to their lives.
Chris L March 18, 2013 at 03:38 PM
BLAME OBAMA! ITS HIS FAULT FOR EVERYTHING! I GOT A FLAT TIRE! BLAME OBAMA!
Chris L March 18, 2013 at 03:40 PM
@Momof2boys, I agree with you. The only problem is that if we want to keep them in jail, we need to pay more taxes. Do you want to do that? Plus just watch when someone in lacey gets charged for drugs. All the bleeding hearts come out trying to say how that person shouldnt go to jail and how they just need help. Thats when you find the people doing drugs while awaiting trial for their drug crimes.
makemyday March 18, 2013 at 06:39 PM
What a sad story. My prayers go out to the Espinoza Family.
barbara March 18, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Very sad that an innocent life was taken by a driver using dugs, always the innocent ones. RIP...........
Donna Griffin March 19, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Chris L - The operative word in your statement is "thinking." The driver's lack of responsibility resulted in another man's death and you find the commentary a "bit much" with a "no big deal" kind of attitude? I think what is a bit much is the fact that there will be a funeral this week for someone who was doing nothing more than helping someone in trouble. The consequence should be harsh in light of the fact that the driver was personally responsible for his impairment. This was no accident.
Josef Kramer March 19, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Did they confirm Mr. Espinoza's immigration status? Hopefully a good lesson is learned from this that if you get out of your car on the GSP you end up like this Espinoza fool
Josef Kramer March 19, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Then again no one ever accused those people of being intelligent.
123456 March 23, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Josef Kramer, excuse you with your rude comments of whether or not his immigration status is of any importance .... he was a kind good hearted man trying to help a woman who crashed. Why would you be so ignorant to call someone who lost their life a fool? Nonetheless be concerned of his immigration status. You need to check yourself before you speak poorly of a man you know nothing about besides his choice to be a kind brave man and help a woman in distress.
Cartman March 23, 2013 at 03:05 AM
What ?
Sailor March 27, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Kramer, I'm sure, is intimately acquainted with the word "fool"

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