2 dead in crash during NJ pop-up car rally

Wildwood, N.J. (AP) — At least two people in golf carts died after a pop-up car rally in southern New Jersey over the weekend resulted in multiple crashes, officials said.

Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron told NJ Advance Media on Sunday that there had been a series of crashes related to “unapproved” car party events, NJ.com reported. Byron said the two victims were “in a golf cart” but were not believed to have been involved in the event. The mayor had no further information on the identity of the victims or the nature of the crash.

WCAU-TV reported on damaged storefronts and a knocked-over traffic meter seen during cleanup efforts on Sunday morning, and said Cape May prosecutors reported one person was detained in connection with the fatal crash.

Officials had earlier warned of what they called a different unsanctioned rally than the Fall Classic auto show in Wildwood. Participants said the event offered fans a chance to gather and inspect cars, but officials in other areas, including Ocean City, Maryland, have reported problems with the event in previous years.

According to NJ.com, videos on social media showed the modified vehicle revving its engine and accelerating to the cheers of the crowd gathered in the street. WCAU-TV said posts on social media showed people lounging outside the car as the driver turned in circles, also showing burnout, drifting and crashes.

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