Police Say Driver Went Through Stop Sign in Officer Involved Crash

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EGG HARBOR, NJ – Police in Egg Harbor today said that a collision between a police cruiser and a civilian SUV was the fault of the civilian driver.

According to the department, on Tuesday, at approximately 8:18 am, a motor vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Spruce Avenue and Franklin Avenue in the Cardiff section of Egg Harbor Township.

“A marked patrol SUV being operated by Officer Timothy Canale was traveling northbound on Spruce Avenue when it struck a 2018 Nissan Frontier, operated by Michael Knapp, 40, from Bayville, as Mr. Knapp failed to stop at the stop sign while traveling westbound on Franklin Avenue,” police said. “As a result of Mr. Knapp failing to stop at the stop sign and passing westbound directly across Officer Canale’s path of travel, the front bumper of the vehicle operated by Officer Canale struck the mid-driver side of Mr. Knapp’s vehicle causing it to rotate and roll towards its passenger side as it left the roadway onto the northwest corner of the intersection.”

Traffic was detoured for approximately one hour while the crash was being investigated by SMPO Robert Moran and Officer Jim Ludwig of the EHT Traffic Safety Unit. Officer Canale was transported to Shore Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Mr. Knapp was issued traffic summonses for careless driving and failure to yield the right of way.