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Fundraisers Started For Victims Of Fatal Barnegat Crash

Patch logo Patch 6/10/2021 Kimberlee Bongard
a candle in it: Two online fundraisers have been organized to help the crash victims. © Shutterstock Two online fundraisers have been organized to help the crash victims.

BARNEGAT, NJ — A 23-year-old Barnegat woman died in a car crash Sunday after striking a tree on West Bay Avenue, Barnegat police said Thursday.

Barnegat police received a report of a single-car crash Sunday on West Bay Avenue near Brookville Road just before 5:30 p.m., Captain Jason Carroll said.

Allegra Garcia-Corrales was driving east in a 1999 GMC Suburban when the vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree. Garcia-Corrales and front seat passenger Kevin Hoffman,24, of Barnegat, were trapped in the vehicle until they were extricated by the Barnegat Fire Company, Carroll said.

Hoffman was airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City with multiple injuries and Garcia-Corrales was pronounced dead at the scene, Carroll said. A third juvenile passenger in the back seat of the vehicle was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune City.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. No criminal charges or summonses have been issued, Carroll said.

Hundreds of people attended a vigil at the Barnegat Docks on Tuesday to honor Garcia-Corrales and pray for Hoffman.

Two online fundraisers have been organized to help the crash victims — one organized by Nick Hoffman to assist with Garcia-Corrales’ funeral expenses, her two young children and Hoffman’s medical bills, and another organized by Thomas Corrales to set up a trust fund for her children.

According to the GoFundMe pages, Garcia-Corrales was Hoffman’s girlfriend. In Garcia-Corrales’ obituary, Hoffman is called “ her childhood sweetheart.”

Hoffman has been taken out of the ICU and is scheduled to have intensive surgery Thursday, according to the GoFundMe page organized by Nick Hoffman.

“We ask that you keep our family in our prayers. We never thought we would be in a situation like this and ask for any monetary donations to help the families with these unforeseeable circumstances that lay ahead,” Nick Hoffman wrote.

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