STAFFORD, NJ - Last night, our community lost a very special one of our own. Shore Fire Grille owner, Timothy Kohlheim, was not only a successful business owner and family man, but also one who always lend a helping hand whenever someone in our community needed it. 

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on August 15, the Stafford Township Police Department responded to a motor vehicle collision on Route 72 west in the area of Marsha Drive involving two vehicles.

Their preliminary investigation "indicates a 2015 Ford van operated by Timothy Kohlheim, 36 years old of Manahawkin was traveling west on Route 72 in the left lane of travel. At this time, he collided into the rear of a crash attenuator vehicle preparing to set up for a left lane closure due to construction," police said. 

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Kohlheim sustained fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Route 72 in this area was closed to traffic during the investigation for approximately three hours. 

Editor’s Note:

We are deeply saddended at the loss of Tim and we send our deepest condolonces to his wife Samantha, and their two beautiful daughters, Avalon and Addison. 

Over the past 4 years since TAPinto Stafford/LBI was started, whenever a special event was going on, a fundraiser, anything, Tim was always a part of it. He always wanted to help in any way he could. He has touched so many lives in Southern Ocean County, but also most recently to a family from Oklahoma.

His giving hand and his heart for his family, community and business was evident in everything Tim did. We feel blessed to have known him and have worked with him over the last few years. 

The full Stafford Township Police Department Report read:

On August 15, 2019, at 9:30 PM, the Stafford Township Police Department responded to a motor vehicle collision on Route 72 west in the area of Marsha Drive involving two vehicles.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2015 Ford van operated by Timothy Kohlheim, 36 years old of Manahawkin was traveling west on Route 72 in the left lane of travel. At this time, he collided into the rear of a crash attenuator vehicle preparing to set up for a left lane closure due to construction.

The crash attenuator vehicle was driven by Nicholas Manzoni, 25 years old of Little Egg Harbor, NJ. Manzoni, and a passenger, Ric Peters, 24 years old of Little Egg Harbor, NJ sustained minor injuries from the collision. They were both transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center for treatment.

Kohlheim sustained fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This area of Route 72 was closed to traffic during the investigation for approximately three hours. The Stafford Township Fire Company, EMS and MONOC paramedics assisted at the scene.

The collision is currently under investigation by Traffic Safety Officer Justin Pascale.