Manalapan couple pronounced dead at scene of crash in Old Bridge



OLD BRIDGE – Police are continuing to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash, which involved three motor vehicles and left a Monmouth County couple dead, according to Police Capt. Scott Gumprecht.

The rear end crash occurred at 5:50 a.m. on Feb. 25 on Route 9 north between the Route 18 interchange and Spring Valley Road, police said.

A 2003 Honda Pilot, driven by a 34-year-old Manalapan man, allegedly struck the rear of a 2013 Toyota Prius. The driver of the Prius was a 37-year-old of Manalapan and he had two rear seat passengers, Grigory Deli, 72, and Margarita Deli, 71, also from Manalapan, according to police.

The Delis were pronounced dead at the scene. A third vehicle, a 2004 Nissan Altima driven by a 47-year-old Staten Island, New York, man, was also involved, police said.

The Prius and the Nissan Altima drivers were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Police said charges will be determined upon the completion of the investigation. The Old Bridge Police Department is asking anyone with information about the fatal crash to contact Police Officer Henry Penley at 732-679-5959.