FREEHOLD, NJ — The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking information on a fatal shooting and motor vehicle accident that occurred early this morning on Route 18 in Colts Neck.

After being closed for mor than eight hours between Routes 537 and 34, Route 18 was reopened in both directions this afternoon, April 29, following an investigation into the incident, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

At 1:58 a.m., Colts Neck Police Department fielded a 911 call for assistance on Route 18 south, south of Route 537. Once on the scene, they located a single motor vehicle crash involving a 2009 Mercedes Benz C350, said a statement by the prosecutor’s office.

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The driver, Lloyd Earl Sanders, 54, of Neptune City was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound. A 52-year-old passenger was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. He has been treated and released, authorities  said.

The investigation is active and ongoing. If anyone has any information they are asked to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Ryan Mahoney 1-800-533-7443 or Colts Neck Police Department Detective Rich Zarrillo 732-780-7323.

Individuals who feel the need to remain anonymous, but who may have information relevant to this investigation can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com. Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of criminals and fugitives.

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