BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police said that a Mendham man driving south on Mount Airy Road on Sunday night crossed the road's center double yellow line and struck head-on a vehicle driven by a Bernardsville woman that was traveling north.
The impact of the collision at 9:19 p.m. caused the Porsche driven by Veerappan S. Subramanian of Mendham to overturn, while the Honda driven by Lori A. Caratzola of Bernardsville spun around by 180 degrees, according to information released by police on Monday.
Based on driver statements and markings on the roadway, police said a summons was issued to Subramanian for allegedly crossing the county road's double yellow line and being at fault for the crash.
Both drivers taken to hospital, and both vehicles disabled and towed from the scene
Police said that following the head-on crash, both vehicles came to a stop by striking the curb on opposite sides of Mount Airy Road.
Subramanian sustained multiple injuries consisting of numerous scrapes and cuts, along with a fracture of the right hand, according to the police report. Caratzola reportedly suffered major back pain and cuts to her hands as a result of the crash, the police report said.
Both drivers were transported to Morristown Medical Center for further medical attention, according to police. Both of the vehicles involved in the crash were disabled and towed away from the scene of the crash by Somerset Hills Towing, the police said.
Police said they had been told by the Mendham driver that he had been traveling south on Mount Airy Road towards Route 287, and he did not remember anything else from the crash. The Bernardsville woman, according to police, stated she had been traveling north on Mount Airy Road towards Bernardsville. She also told police she had been driving at a speed below the posted limit, and that the Porsche had crossed over the center double yellow line just prior to the accident, according to the police report.
Markings in the northbound lane of travel on Mount Airy Road suggested that the collision had occurred in that lane of travel, confirming the statements made by the Bernardsville driver, according to police.
After taking both drivers' statements, and inspecting the markings in the roadway, the motor vehicle summons was issued to Subramanian for careless driving, according to information from the officer on the scene.