New details about the moments before a crash that killed a New Jersey State Police trooper and a South Jersey psychiatrist emerged Wednesday with the release of 911 calls.
"He’s all over the road," says a caller in an recording released by the Cumberland County Communications Center.
The driver, later identified as Dr. Lloyd Rudley, of Elmer Township, crashed head-on into Trooper Frankie Williams just moments later on Route 55 in Cumberland County Monday night, police said.
Rudley, 61, died at the scene while Williams, a 31-year-old newlywed in his first year with the state police, died later at the hospital.
The 911 calls revealed more about what state police said was Rudley’s erratic driving in the moments before the crash.
"It's a little red car," said one 911 caller.
"I think there’s a drunk driver right here in front of me," another caller told 911 dispatchers. "He’s swerving on the road."
Police haven’t revealed results of toxicology results for Rudley. However, a friend of Rudley's told NBC10 he suffered from severe diabetes and she believes that it may have led to his erratic driving. [[405406266, C]]
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"We’re doing like 20 mph because this car made contact with a tractor-trailer," said a third caller. "They’ve got traffic completely backed up. We’re doing 20 on (Route) 55."
"OK we actually have a call on that for a possible drunk driver," replied the dispatcher.
"A red car. Looks like it’s a drunk driver," said another caller. "He’s almost all over the road. He almost hit us."
Rudley’s red Toyota Corolla crossed the grass median at about 7 p.m. and slammed into Williams’ police cruiser in the northbound lanes, said state police.
Williams, of Egg Harbor Township, was assigned to the Port Norris Station. He was a member of the 156th State Police Class which graduated on Jan. 29, 2016. NJSP called him a "bright and promising trooper."
Williams grew up in Lakeland, Florida before moving to New Jersey. Donna Wood, Williams' former neighbor, told NBC10 he was always fearless, even as a boy.
"I know that child that grew up and I knew he was doing something that he was passionate about," Wood said, while fighting back tears.
After Williams moved to South Jersey he earned a degree in criminal justice from Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College. He was in the process of getting his Masters degree prior to his death. [[405135426, C]]
"He without a doubt was one of the best students I've ever had," said Williams' former professor Dean Wyks.
Information on funeral services for Trooper Williams weren't finalized Wednesday. A candlelight vigil in the trooper's honor was planned for Thursday night at 7 at Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, 550 Main Street, Leesburg, NJ 08327. [[405126895, C]]
Rudley was a doctor affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital who worked primarily in Elmer, New Jersey and specialized in psychiatry as well as neurology, according to the Vineland High School Class of 1973 Facebook page.