A 21-year-old driver who was embroiled in a road rage incident with a 71-year-old man, resulting in the death of an uninvolved driver, will spend just under a year in jail and serve three years of probation.
Avrohom Pam, 21, of Lakewood, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Kenneth T. Palmer to 364 days in the Ocean County Jail as a condition of a three-year term of probation imposed in connection with his previously-entered guilty pleas to reckless vehicular homicide and assault by auto. The guilty pleas relate to a motor vehicle crash that occurred in Lakewood Township in the early evening hours of June 11, 2021, resulting in the death of Sean Avon, 26, of Brick Township.
Pam pled guilty to the charges before Palmer on June 19, 2023.
Lakewood police officers were called to the area of Lanes Mills Road at about 5:15 p.m. that day for a report of a serious motor vehicle crash. An investigation revealed that Pam was operating a 2021 Ford van in the rightmost lane of travel on Lanes Mill Road, when he struck a 2019 Honda CRV being driven by John Arendt, Jr., 73, of Brick Township. The force of the collision propelled Arendt’s vehicle into the northbound lane of traffic, where it struck a 2012 Ford Mustang head-on being operated by Avon.
Avon suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash; he was transported to Ocean Medical Center in Brick Township, where he succumbed to his injuries. Arendt was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he was treated for his injuries and released. Pam remained on the scene and did not require medical attention.
The investigation conducted after the crash revealed that a verbal altercation had occurred between Pam and Arendt which precipitated the motor vehicle accident, and that Pam’s reckless driving was the cause of this crash – ultimately resulting in Avon’s death.
On June 12, 2022, Pam was charged and subsequently processed at Lakewood Township Police Headquarters. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail, and later released as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.
Pam, as of Thursday morning, had been booked into the jail to serve his sentence.