Toms River woman killed in Route 70 accident, husband injured
A Toms River woman was involved in two separate car accidents Saturday night. The first accident occurred at the intersection of routes 9 and 70. The woman’s husband arrived at the scene of the first accident to drive his wife home after the crash. The couple only had roughly one mile to travel to reach their home.
After the couple left the scene of the minor fender bender, they were seriously injured in a head-on car accident along Route 70, according to authorities. A quarter mile from the first crash, a 28-year-old man is believed to have attempted to make a left hand turn in front of the couple’s pickup truck.
The 28-year-old man’s van slammed head-on into the couple’s truck. The husband, who is 74-years-old, suffered serious injuries in the New Jersey car accident. His wife, a 71-year-old Toms River woman, died Sunday as a result of the injuries she sustained in the Route 70 head-on crash.
The driver of the van reportedly did not have a driver’s license. Police say the man attempted to flee the scene of the fatal accident on foot. He was caught a short distance from the scene.
The husband was flown to the trauma center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center after the crash. The wife reportedly died of her injuries Sunday morning at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood.
The 28-year-old man is believed to be an undocumented immigrant. He is being held in the Ocean County Jail on $175,000 bail and on an immigration hold due to his immigration status.