Authorities are investigating what appears to be a homicide, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced today. At about 12:06 am, Lakewood Police received a 911 call reporting a vehicle crash in the area of 1226 E. County Line Road. The arriving Officers found a silver 2002 Chrysler Town & County minivan crashed head on into a tree. The driver of the minivan, a Hispanic male approximately 50 years of age, was unconscious and appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound.
He was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center. Surgery performed there confirmed that he was the victim of a gunshot. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 2:31 am by Dr. Michael Knight from Jersey Shore Medical Center. He was identified as William Erazo Osorio, 50, Oak Glen Road, Howell, NJ.
The victim had in his possession a fake Maryland driver’s license. Therefore, his identity was not immediately confirmed.
Ocean County Prosecutor Det. Raymond Gardner and Lakewood Police Det. Nate Montgomery are the leads in this investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027 or the Lakewood Police Department at 732-363-0200.