19 May 2007

Officials Probe Leak of NJ Toll Plaza Crash Video

SOMERS POINT, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Graphic video of a fatal car crash has been circulating on the Internet, and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has launched an investigation to determine how the surveillance footage was leaked.

``We're not happy about it, that goes without saying,'' Joseph Orlando, spokesman for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, said Friday. The crash occurred 10 May at an Egg Harbour toll plaza on the Garden State Parkway.

Orlando said the agency has contacted Web sites including Youtube.com and LiveLeak.com to request that the video be removed. The Press of Atlantic City, which had posted a copy downloaded from the Internet on its Web site, said it removed the video voluntarily on Friday after learning of the Turnpike Authority's objections.

The crash video was still posted at the YouTube and LiveLeak Web sites as of today.

Killed in the crash was Bernard King, 52, a casino dealer from Lower Township. State police said Friday that they are still investigating the cause and are trying to determine if King's history of seizures was a factor.

An Atlantic City television station, WMGM-TV 40, also aired the video on a Thursday night newscast, with a warning that it could upset some viewers. The station's news director, Harvey Cox, said the station did not receive any complaints about the video.

Orlando said the toll plaza surveillance cameras are controlled by the parkway's operations and toll personnel but that officials have ``no inkling'' at this time who leaked the video.

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