MANCHESTER - A two-car collision in the Pine Lake Park section of the township claimed the life of a 70-year-old Jackson man, critically injured his passenger and left the other driver hospitalized.
The crash happened shortly before 8 p.m. Friday at Commonwealth and Northampton boulevards.
According to a preliminary investigation, a silver 2005 Honda Civic was heading west when it stopped at a stop sign on Northampton Boulevard, then drove into the path of a gray 2015 Jeep Cherokee heading north on Commonwealth Boulevard, Manchester Police Capt. Vincent Manco said in a release.
George Hruszczak, the driver of the Civic, suffered severe internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His passenger, Suzana Collazo, 41, also of Jackson, suffered internal injuries and head trauma, Manco said. Manchester Volunteer Fire Department extricated Collazo from the Honda. She was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where she is listed in critical condition, according to the release.
Both Hruszczak and Collazo were wearing seatbelts, Manco said. The Civic's airbags did not activate, he said.
The driver of the Jeep, Lois Genna, 28, of Manchester was taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River for injuries that were not life-threatening. Genna was not wearing a seatbelt, Manco said.
Sgt. Ian Bole of the Manchester Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the collision.
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