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‘Improper left turn’ may have caused fatal crash that killed father, critically injured children in South Brunswick

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A fatal motor vehicle crash on Route 522 killed a father of two and critically injured his children, according to South Brunswick Deputy Chief James Ryan.

The crash was reported at 12:26 p.m. Aug. 2 on Route 522 at Kingston Lane/Ridge Road.

A dump truck being driven by a 42-year-old Milltown man traveling westbound on 522 and a 2013 Nissan being driven by a 21-year-old South Brunswick man traveling eastbound on 522 collided at the intersection near Kingston Lane, according to police.

The impact of the crash caused the dump truck to go onto the front lawn of a nearby business.

The Monmouth Junction Fire Department responded to the scene and extricated the passengers from the Nissan. South Brunswick Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Monroe EMS, and paramedics transported the injured to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, police said.

The 57-year-old father was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 21-year-old driver and his 16-year-old sister are both in intensive care unit, police said.

The dump truck driver was uninjured, police said.

South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Bureau has recovered video evidence and interviewed
several witnesses. The preliminary findings indicate the Nissan allegedly made an improper left turn from the far-right eastbound lane, crossing over five lanes of travel before being struck by the dump truck in the westbound lanes, according to police.

Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “Our hearts go out to this family at this very difficult time. As a community we will support them in whatever way possible. I thank the community members and doctor who immediately stopped to provide aid.”

The crash investigation is being led by Police Officer Jesse Blake. Anyone with information is asked to call 732-329-4646.

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