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July 15, 2015

GoFundMe campaign targets stoplight where Soul cheerleader died in wreck

Campaign raising money for traffic light at intersection where South Jersey native died

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Philadelphia Soul Cheerleader Philadelphia Soul/Facebook

Britni Zarin.

An online campaign is raising money for a former Philadelphia Soul cheerleader and South Jersey native who died in a car accident to try to prevent others from suffering the same fate. 

Around 3:30 p.m. on July 5, Britni Zarin, 27, was driving west on Weymouth Road in Gloucester County when she came to the intersection at Blue Bell Road and ran the stop sign into the intersection, according to 

An oncoming vehicle driving North on Blue Bell Road struck Zarin's car, flipping it over. Zarin was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the vehicle that stuck Zarin's car, 36-year-old Christoph Delossantos of Vineland, was taken to the hospital and treated for neck and face injuries.

Zarin, who worked as a cheerleader for the Philadelphia Soul in 2011 and later taught dance, is a native of Pittsgrove Township and a graduate of Arthur P. Schalick High School. 

While the accident remains under investigation, a GoFundMe campaign was launched Tuesday to have a stoplight installed at the intersection where Zarin was killed. 

Looking to raise $5,000, the GoFundMe page says that it will try to get the traffic light installed at the intersection of Weymouth and South Blue Bell roads in Vineland.

 The campaign, entitled "All For Britni," has already raised nearly $4,000. However, if the goal is not reached or if Vineland officials reject installing the light, the money will be donated to a foundation in Zarin's name for underprivileged dancers. 

The campaign was started by a Marrissa Johnson, who did not immediately respond to an email request for comment. According to Johnson's Twitter page, she was a close friend of Zarin's. 

The GoFundMe page cites a witness who told that a stoplight should be installed at the intersection where Zarin was killed to avoid similar accidents. 
We want to make sure no one else ever has to lose someone they love and suffer the way her friends — and most of all, her mother, father, and sister — are suffering. 

The Soul have promoted the campaign, asking fans to donate and spread the word.