It happened on July 31, around 9 p.m., on the 1000 block of Gateway Boulevard in Westville.
The crash claimed the life of 34-year-old George Ritter, his two daughters Alivia and Elsie, ages 9 and 5, and his 8-year-old niece Kenzie.
Police said on Tuesday that no one inside the 1987 black Ford Mustang was wearing seatbelts when Ritter crashed the vehicle outside of a Pellegrino Chevrolet dealership.
"I wish I could have her here next to me, give her one last hug because I never got to say goodbye to her," said Kenzie's father, Brian Mammoccio. "She was caring and honest and full of life and spark."
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The family was on their way home from a toddler's birthday party at the nearby Westville Power Boat Association when Ritter crashed the sports car.
"The vehicle was modified with specialized tires and engine accessories to include a roll cage to make the vehicle specially designed to race at private racetracks," said police in a statement.
It's still unclear what caused the crash but police say speed is being looked at as a contributing factor.
“I never got to say goodbye.” The father of 8yo Kenzie Mammoccio says his daughter was among four killed in a car crash in Westville, NJ Saturday night. Also killed, her uncle George Ritter, 33, and his 5 & 9 yo daughters Alivia and Elsie. Cause of crash has not been released. pic.twitter.com/vHCMr8STU0— Jeff Chirico (@JeffChirico) August 2, 2021
"Cherish every moment you have with your children because you never know when that moment can be taken away. I only got eight years with mine," said Mammoccio.
Toxicology results for Ritter are still pending, according to the Westville Police Department.
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