A pedestrian, Paul Mount of Toms River, NJ, was struck by two motor vehicles in Manchester Twp, NJ, on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Members of the Manchester Township Police department responded to the scene, located near the intersection of County Route 571 and Washington Avenue, upon receiving a report of the incident.
Mr. Mount, 45 years of age, was found lying in the northbound left lane of County Route 571, approximately 56 feet north of Washington Avenue. Upon arrival, the police immediately initiated lifesaving measures, but unfortunately, Mr. Mount succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Investigating officers discovered that the two vehicles involved were a black 2018 Ford Explorer and a black 2021 Toyota Highlander, both located near the crash site with minimal damage.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Mount was crossing County Route 571, near the intersection of Washington Avenue, outside of a marked crosswalk. The Ford was traveling northbound on County Route 571 in the left lane, with the Toyota directly following behind, approaching the intersection of Washington Avenue. As Mr. Mount entered the left lane of County Route 571, he was first struck by the Ford and then by the Toyota.
Cristian Solano, age 21, of Jackson, NJ, was driving the Ford with two additional occupants in the vehicle. The passengers were identified as Yonatan Maroles-Guardado, age 31, seated in the front passenger seat, and Angel Contreras-Guriervez, age 51, seated in the rear passenger-side seat. The driver of the Toyota was a 27-year-old, Fraidel Malka Kramer, traveling alone. No injuries were reported to any occupants of either vehicle.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Medical Technicians from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, and Paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Additionally, Detectives from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigations Unit and a representative from the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.
The investigation is still ongoing, and crossing the roadway in an area with no crosswalk during nighttime conditions appears to be the primary contributing factor as revealed by the preliminary investigation. The department’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating this crash under the supervision of Ptl. Michael O’Hara.
The tragedy underscores the importance of following traffic rules and regulations and highlights the importance of using designated crosswalks, especially during nighttime conditions. The Manchester Township Police Department reminds all drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution and adhere to traffic laws for their safety and the safety of others.