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Elderly woman suffers fatal injuries two days after motor vehicle crash

One person suffered fatal injuries and four other people suffered minor injuries after a three-car crash in South Brunswick on June 19.

Theresa Dowling, 81, of Monroe, was driving a 2017 Lexus westbound on Henderson Road in South Brunswick around 10:47 a.m. when she allegedly failed to stop for a red light at Route 1, according to information provided by the South Brunswick Police Department. The Lexus entered the intersection and was struck by a 2013 Hyundai, driven by a 61-year-old woman from Somerset, which had been traveling northbound in the left lane of Route 1, police said. The Lexus then continued across Route 1, striking a 2016 Chevrolet, driven by a 56-year-old male, of Ridgefield Park, which had been traveling southbound in the left lane, before coming to rest in the intersection, police said.

Dowling was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, where she succumbed to her injuries on June 21. The two other drivers and two additional passengers suffered minor injuries, police said.

Route 1 southbound was closed to traffic for approximately four hours while the investigation was conducted and debris removed.

No criminal or motor vehicle charges are anticipated at this time, but the crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information should call Ptl. Merkler at 732-329-4000, ext. 7412.

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