Fatal Crash Claims Life of Lumberton Woman

The 56-year-old woman was killed after she veered off Route 38 and crashed into two utility poles, according to Moorestown Police.

A Lumberton woman was killed after she veered off Route 38 and crashed into two utility poles Wednesday afternoon.

Moorestown Police said Helen J. Patterson, 56, was driving east on 38 just past South Church Street around 2 p.m. when she left the road and sheared off a utility pole head-on. Her 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander traveled another 180 feet, rolled onto the driver’s side, and slammed roof-first into another utility pole, snapping it in half.

Patterson was pronounced dead at the scene. There was no one else in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved, police said. The cause of the crash is unknown.

PSE&G responded to the scene to stabilize the utility pole so emergency personnel could enter the vehicle. Utility workers had to lift the pole off the SUV so rescue workers could get to it, according to police.

Both eastbound lanes of Route 38 were initially closed following the crash. One lane was reopened at 2:30 p.m., though there were still significant traffic delays, with motorists backed up for more than two miles.

Moorestown Fire Department and Moorestown Emergency Squad also responded to the scene, and Mount Laurel Police helped direct traffic.

Seeking Truth February 07, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Why is the story about braukmann nowhere on cinnaminson patch? Think residents should see what's going on. Christine maybe you could do some reporting on a story about a member of town council. Unless your trying to squash this story.
Rob Scott (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Seeking Truth, Let's not muddy a story about a woman's tragic death by trying to stir the pot with something totally unrelated. Please.
Stefani Penglase February 07, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Honestly! Write a letter or something! I was an unfortunate witness to this accident and it has affected my family. Nobody respects the lives and safety of other drivers on the road. A lot of times people that cause accidents are the ones that go away unscathed while innocent people die daily. What was scary is that nobody knew if there were other people in that car. A family lost a beautiful woman, and we have been praying for them since. Helen, rest in peace!
Sarah February 07, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Geez Seeking Truth, heartless much??
Sarah February 07, 2013 at 04:36 PM
I offer my sincerest condolences to the family.
Aida Buckner February 07, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Our family is devastated by this horrible accident. We have lost a loving family member. So please, have a little more respect & compassion for all who are left to deal with this nightmare. Mr. Scott thank you for your report & compassion. A. Buckner
Jenelle Linden February 07, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I live right around the corner from the accident and it was truly scarey to see helicopters hovering around and hearing the sirens. I couldnt imagine seeing that. R.I.P. Helen.
Nancy VanTwistern February 07, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Boy, you can say that again......within 5 minutes of leaving the house, going to TD Bank, someone almost cut me off from the right hand lane which was only for turning right, right in front of me.....THEN......someone from the left lane near the bank, cut in front of me to make the turn into the small mall on the right.......lots of jackass, thoughless drivers out there. It's a good thing that I 'watch'and can react quickly so far when driving..or I'd be dead now also.
Nancy VanTwistern February 07, 2013 at 06:46 PM
My sincerest condolences to the family also. I hope it happened quickly so that the woman knew no fear..........fear is a terrible thing.
Charles Richardson February 07, 2013 at 07:12 PM
My sincerest condolences from the Richardson family. May God keep and guide you through ...
ghubel@moorestownpd.com February 07, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Stefani, I am the investigating Officer for the accident. My name is Ptl. Hubel, i can be reached at the police department at (856) 235-1405 extension 4342. Please call me ASAP.
An Old Friend February 07, 2013 at 08:51 PM
@ Rob, just read the "other" article, and although "Cinndpressants" are obviously blindly faithful to their Masters, they are right about one thing. You should not only have remarked about "Truth Seekers" comment, you should have removed it. It obviously does not belong under this story! This is a tragic accident and my prayers go out to the Patterson family.
Michael J Richards February 08, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Did you go to the ans tell what you saw ????
Michael J Richards February 08, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Did you go to the police and tell them what you saw ???
Stefani Penglase February 08, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Hi Steve, thanks for asking I'm in communication with the police department New Jersey. If there were any way to reach out to the family just to let them know that there was somebody there with her praying for her. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Laurie Harriton February 09, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Helen Patterson was the secretary and budget manager for a high school in Brooklyn. She was a wonderful person in every way, and also an excellent driver. All I can imagine is that she might have had a seizure. Please keep all remarks about this terrible tragedy faithfulvtovthe goodness of this woman, and the terrible loss this represents to the family she loved so much.


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