Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on December 24, 2020, at approximately 6:00 p.m., the Jackson Township Police Department were summoned to the area of Cedar Swap Road and I-195 for a report of a motor vehicle crash with serious injuries. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and the Jackson Township Police Department revealed that a 2010 Mercedes Benz driven by Norman Shtab, age 83, of Howell Township, was exiting I-195 at Exit 21. As Mr. Schtab was executing a left hand turn on to Cedar Swap Road, his vehicle collided with a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.
The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado fled on foot. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado is believed to be Roberto Alcazar-Sanchez, age 27, of Jackson. Gerardo Castillo-Mendoza, age 30, of Wrightstown, who was a passenger in the Chevrolet Silverado, was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center, treated for his injuries and released.
Mr. Schtab and a passenger in his vehicle, his wife, Phyllis Shtab, age 81, of Howell Township were transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. Mr. Schtab was treated for his injuries and released. On December 26, 2020, Mrs. Schtab succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore Medical Center.
“We are currently trying to positively identify and locate the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado. This is an active and ongoing investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Jackson Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, please contact Detective Anthony Carrington of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027 or Officer Tristan Bennett of the Jackson Township Police Department at 732-928-1111,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.