Police & Fire

Bernardsville Police Seek Possible Witnesses to Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash


BERNARDSVILLE NJ - On Tuesday January 23 2018 at 5:02 P.M. officers from the Bernardsville Police Department and members of the Bernardsville Fire Department and First Aid Squad responded to a reported motor vehicle crash in the area of #460 Mine Brook Road (Rt. 202). At the scene police determined that two vehicles were involved in the crash and a total of three injuries were reported.

The vehicles involved were a 2009 Honda Civic and a 2017 Cadillac Escalade. The Honda Civic was operated by Ashley Cardona, a 26 year old female from Bridgewater NJ who was treated at the scene for her injuries by police and EMS personnel. Ashley Cordona was subsequently transported to Morristown Medical Center by helicopter where she subsequently passed away at the hospital. The 2017 Cadillac contained two occupants who were injured in the crash. They were treated at the scene and then transported to Morristown Medical Center by the Bernardsville First Aid Squad for treatment of non-life threatening injuries; the Cadillac was operated by Jaimie Morais, a 41 year old female of Bernardsville and a 15 year old passenger. In addition to the vehicle occupants who were injured, one member of the Bernardsville Fire Department was transported to the hospital for treatment and decontamination for blood exposure consistent with Fire Department procedures.

The Bernardsville Police and Fire Departments were assisted at the scene by members of the following organizations; members of the Bernards Twp. and Far Hills Police Departments who assisted at the scene and with traffic, the Far Hills Bedminster Fire Department who coordinated a medivac landing zone at the Far Hills Country Day School, the New Jersey State Police State Highway Incident Management Team and North Star Helicopter, paramedics from Atlantic Health and the New Jersey Dept. of Transportation Traffic Diversion Unit.

Members of the Bernardsville Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutors Office (Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team) are conducting a continuing investigation into the circumstance of the crash. As part of the ongoing investigation the Police Department is seeking information from possible witnesses to the crash and is asking anyone with information to contact the Bernardsville Police Department Detective Bureau at 908-766-0037.

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