Jul 28, 2014

Site of Fatal Lakehurst Crash Sees Another Accident

Crash comes almost two weeks after fatal collision in the same area

Site of Fatal Lakehurst Crash Sees Another Accident

Almost two weeks after a crash took two lives on Route 37 near Brown Avenue in Lakehurst, a Wednesday collision near the scene forced the closure of the roadway's eastbound lane and injured two.

According to information released by Lakehurst police Sgt. Ronald Heinzman, officers were dispatched to the area, just east of the Lakehurst circle, at 3:55 p.m. on a call of an accident with injuries.

Police determined that a Dodge Durango operated by a 17-year-old Manchester resident attempted to make a left turn from Brown Avenue onto Route 37 west when it collided with a Honda Odyssey travelling eastbound driven by Rebecca M. Gray, 68, of Freehold. 

The drivers of both vehicles were uninjured, though the front and rear seat passengers of the Honda were treated at the scene by paramedics and members of the Lakehurst First Aid Squad and Lakehurst Fire Department for complaints of chest pains, Heinzman said. 

Both vehicles received "extensive damage," according to Heinzman, and had to be towed from the scene. 

The driver of the Dodge was issued a summons for failure to yield, Heinzman said. The accident was investigated by Officer Matthew Kline, who was assisted by Heinzman, Sgt. Brian Baranyay and Officer Jeffrey Emmons.

On May 13, a collision between two vehicles in the same area . Heinzman said that the area "is a spot that we have on occasion had serious accidents over the years," but he said the area is not any more dangerous than other roads in the borough.

A second crash occurred as traffic backed up on Route 70 following the initial collision. 

According to Heinzman, at 4:05 p.m., a Mazda truck driven by Thomas Angell, 21, of Pine Beach was rear-ended on Route 70 between the Lakehurst circle and Route 547 by a Honda Civic driven by Joann Delahanty, 41, of Manchester.

Both drivers were uninjured and the Honda received moderate damage, according to Heinzman. Baranyay investigated the crash.

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