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Man turns himself in to police in fatal crash

Posted on Jun 06, 2012

Ronald Winzinger, 35, of Hainesport surrendered to State Police detectives here Monday night and has been charged with second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and third-degree hindering his own apprehension in connection with the fatal motor vehicle crash on Saturday that killed 29-year-old Michelle MacInnes of Jackson, according to State Police.

MacInnes’ family said they were relieved to learn of Winzinger’s arrest, after authorities searched for the man through much of the weekend.

“I’m glad they caught him,” said Michelle MacInnes’ father, David. “I hope he gets his just punishment from the courts.”

An investigation revealed the black Nissan Xterra being operated by Winzinger around 11:40 a.m. Saturday was traveling at unsafe speed near Exit 4 on Interstate 676 when it struck the rear of a Mazda in which MacInnes was a rear seat passenger, State Police said. Winzinger had changed lanes to exit the highway when the crash occurred, according to State Police.

BORDENTOWN— A Burlington County man has been charged in a fatal crash over the weekend in Camden that took the life of a Jackson woman, State Police said.

Ronald Winzinger, 35, of Hainesport surrendered to State Police detectives here Monday night and has been charged with second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and third-degree hindering his own apprehension in connection with the fatal motor vehicle crash on Saturday that killed 29-year-old Michelle MacInnes of Jackson, according to State Police.

MacInnes’ family said they were relieved to learn of Winzinger’s arrest, after authorities searched for the man through much of the weekend.

“I’m glad they caught him,” said Michelle MacInnes’ father, David. “I hope he gets his just punishment from the courts.”

An investigation revealed the black Nissan Xterra being operated by Winzinger around 11:40 a.m. Saturday was traveling at unsafe speed near Exit 4 on Interstate 676 when it struck the rear of a Mazda in which MacInnes was a rear seat passenger, State Police said. Winzinger had changed lanes to exit the highway when the crash occurred, according to State Police.

The Mazda was stopped for traffic in the right lane of the interstate at the time of the crash. Winzinger stopped briefly following the collision but fled the scene after he saw the damage to the vehicle and MacInnes’ injuries, State Police said following the incident.

MacInnes was traveling with friends to Camden’s XTU concert when the crash occurred, said her brother Michael MacInnes, who works as a police officer in Englishtown.

“I investigated fatals, plenty of them. … Now I can relate,” Michael MacInnes said. “Now I’m in the shoes of somebody else.”

David MacInnes said his daughter was an upstanding moral person, sincere, honest and helpful. A 2005 Monmouth University graduate, she grew up in Freehold and Millstone Township before moving to Jackson nine years ago, her father said.

Michelle MacInnes helped her father run their family business, East Coast Salt Distribution, and had a strong work ethic, relatives said.

Following Winzinger’s arrest, investigators located the damaged Xterra under a tarp in a parking lot near the man’s residence, State Police said. Winzinger was being held in Camden County Jail on $75,000 bail.

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