Burlington high school student struck, killed by driver ‘was a good soul’
Antwan Timbers Jr. was looking forward to a career in the military. He had just started his first job and according to his father, always had high expectations for himself. The 17-year-old's future was cut short Sunday morning, however, when he was struck and killed by a man who believe say was driving under the influence.
Timbers and his friend were walking off of the roadway in the area of Route 130 South and East Federal Street at 12:08 a.m. when a vehicle driven by 42-year-old Ricardo J. Patterson III of Willingboro allegedly struck the Burlington City High School student, police say.
The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement that Timbers was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the driver remained at the scene following the fatal collision. Patterson was issued traffic summonses for driving under the influence and reckless driving. There have not been any criminal charges filed yet, but authorities say the investigation is continuing.
"The investigation into the collision will continue and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office will determine whether criminal charges are warranted against Patterson for his actions. Among the determining factors will be the results of toxicology tests performed on blood drawn from Patterson following the collision," the Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.
Police say an autopsy will be performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood.
The teen's father, Antwan Timbers Sr., told NJ 101.5 that his son was well-liked and was looking forward to the future.
"He was just a good, outgoing kid, very well mannered," Timbers said Sunday night."It's unreal. I messaged him at about 10 p.m. and two hours later he was gone."
Timbers said the entire family, including the teen's mom, Angela Conner, are still trying to process the loss of their son. The family is close, he said, and Antwan had an especially strong bond with his great-grandmother. He would often spend time with her in the senior citizen apartment building where she lives and the other residents looked forward to his visits, his dad said.
"He had so much potential. He was well-mannered, and just such a good soul," Timbers said of his son, who was planning a military career after high school. "He had high expectations for himself."
Timbers said his son also had two sisters and a brother, who are still trying to come to grips with the sudden loss of their brother.
According to authorities, Burlington City police will be working with the school district to have counselors on hand tomorrow for students at the high school.
On Sunday afternoon, a memorial page for the teen was set up on GoFundMe. The purpose of the page is to give financial assistance to the Timbers family, according to the page's creator, Horace Knight, a longtime friend of Antwan Timbers Sr.
Authorities are asking that any witnesses to the fatal accident contact the city of Burlington Police Department, Traffic Unit Supervisor, Sgt. Jeremy Bright at 609-386-0262, Ext. 236
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