UNION, NJ – A two-vehicle head-on collision in Union last weekend resulted in the death of an Essex County woman.

The accident, which occurred at 1:24 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, happened on Manor Drive near the intersection of Westminster Drive, according to a press release from Union police. The crash claimed the life of 66-year-old Marie Alectine of Irvington. 

Alectine was the front seat passenger in her friend’s 2001 Nissan Murano. The friend, Sherly Phanord, was driving Alectine and another co-worker, Simonise Mervil, home after work from the Burger King in Union.

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The press release reported that the driver of the other vehicle, Patrick Colombo, 27, of Irvington, was driving a 2001 BMW 325. The preliminary investigation revealed Phanord was traveling eastbound on Manor Drive when Colombo, driving westbound, crossed into Phanord’s lane at a high rate of speed, striking Phanord’s vehicle with enough force to push her car backwards. Both Colombo and Alectine needed to be extricated from their vehicles at the scene, according to police.

All parties in the accident were transported to University Hospital in Newark.  Alectine suffered several broken ribs, a broken arm, internal injuries and cervical fractures and succumbed to her injuries.  Phanord suffered a broken arm and a broken leg.  Mervil sustained minor injuries. 

Police reported that Colombo, who sustained a broken leg, was driving while intoxicated.  He was originally arrested on three counts of aggravated assault, which were upgraded to vehicular homicide upon Alectine’s death.  His bail was set at $200,000.

The accident continues to be investigated by Union Police Department’s Fatal Accident Team.  Investigators are seeking additional information from any persons who may have witnessed the crash or its immediate aftermath.  Officer Michael Cocca is leading the investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to reach out to the Union Police Department at 908-851-5070.