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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Police News  >  Lakewood Officer Killed in Crash


Lakewood Officer Killed in Early Morning Crash

Funeral Arrangements Announced

Police and Law Enforcement News
Monday, May 14, 2007 9:20 a.m.

( As the final preparations for police week were being made, a brave officer with the Lakewood Police Department lost his life.

Patrolman William Preslar, a 2001 graduate of the Ocean County Police Academy, was pronounced dead following a one-vehicle collision on Route 528 at about 4:00 a.m. this morning.

The 36-year-old six-year veteran was also a volunteer firefighter with the Lakewood Fire Department.

So far, the investigation has determined that while responding to back up a fellow officer, a deer ran out in front of Officer Preslar's vehicle causing the crash.

Off duty Lakewood officers as well as officers from other jurisdictions have been in and out of the Lakewood headquarters all day. 

Officer Preslar's wife Lisa has expectedly been surrounded by Lakewood officers and has already received calls from New Jersey State Governor Jon Corzine and State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes.  William Preslar also leaves behind two little girls ages four and five.

Located at the northern tip of Ocean County, Lakewood is a very busy town patrolled by a PD with about 110 officers. 

William is the second Lakewood officer to die in the line of duty.  The first was Patrolman Hartley F. Richter who was also killed in a motor vehicle accident while trying to stop a car back in 1947.

Our hearts go out to the family and colleagues of Officer William Preslar.

Police and Law Enforcement News
Monday, May 14, 2007 9:20 a.m.

Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, May 17, 2007
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lakewood Funeral Home (Visit Website, Mapquest),
6250 Route 9 South
Howell, New Jersey

Funeral Service
Friday, May 18, 2007
10:30 a.m.
St. Mary's on the Lake Catholic Church (
Visit Website, Mapquest)
Route 9 and Route 88
Lakewood, New Jersey

Interment to follow at Ocean County Memorial Park.

For questions and additional information, contact the Lakewood Police Department Traffic Safety Unit at 732-363-0200 ext. 5380.


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