Man dies after Route 29 head-on crash

Kenneth McRae

Kenneth McRae

A Burlington man was killed late Saturday night in a head-on crash on Route 29.

Kenneth McRae, 31, died after the crash, which sent three other people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, including city resident Henry Arevalo-Martinez who has been charged with vehicular homicide.

“It hasn’t been determined yet, but somehow the suspect got on Route 29 going the wrong direction, which caused the head-on crash,” TPD Lt. Darren Zappley said. “Alcohol was probably a contributing factor.”

Officials say the preliminary investigation revealed that McRae and two passengers were in a Volkswagen Passat traveling northbound around 11:45 p.m. when they collided with a 2002 Ford Explorer being driven by Arevalo-Martinez, headed south in the northbound lane.

Police say several witnesses saw the crash and stopped to help the victims.

One of the passengers in McRae’s car suffered multiple fractures and remains hospitalized in stable condition. The other passenger complained of pain and was admitted into the hospital for observation.

Arevalo-Martinez, 40, suffered a broken hip.

According to the New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit, vehicular homicides are considered manslaughter and are, therefore, not reported as a homicide statistic.

The Trentonian, however, includes death by auto and justifiable police shootings in its yearly homicide count.

So far this year, 13 people have been killed in the capital city.

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