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South Brunswick: New Year’s Day Crash Turns Deadly, 13-Year-Old Ocean County Girl Dies

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Credits: Charles W. Kim
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The 13-year-old girl from Ocean County, critically injured in Friday morning’s crash on Route 1 has died, according to a hospital spokesman.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Spokesman Peter Haigney said late Saturday that the teenager, one of three people critically wounded in the 5:13 a.m. accident at the intersection of Route 1 and Deans Lane succumbed to her injuries.

The two other critically injured patients, a 29-year-old male and 21-year-old female remained in that condition as of Saturday, he said.

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Those three, and two other passengers, all from Ocean County, were crossing Route 1 in a Nissan Sentra when it was hit broadside by a Nissan minivan traveling north on Route 1 Friday morning, police said.

The impact drove the Sentra sideways into a utility pole on the side of Route 1, trapping the occupants.

The Monmouth Junction Fire Department used its Jaws of Life to free the occupants of the Sentra from the mangled wreck.

The minivan carrying a husband and wife, both 59, from North Brunswick, and another adult relative struck the Sentra after that car’s driver was possibly distracted by a cell phone as it crossed Route 1, according to police.

Seven of the eight passengers, including the three most seriously injured were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, and one patient was transported to St. Peter’s university Hospital, also in New Brunswick, police said.

Route 1 north was closed for six hours as investigators documented the scene.

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