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Hillsborough Motorist Uninjured, but Woman, 91, Killed in Crash


SOMERSET, NJ - A 91-year-old Somerset woman died Wednesday night after a two-car accident on Veronica Avenue, according to police. 

Catherine Manzo died shortly after being transported to a hospital following the accident. She was in a car driven by her 91-year-old husband, Richard Manzo.

Police received a 911 call around 4:53 p.m. reporting a serious collision between two cars on Veronica Avenue.

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Police say Manzo was backing out of a driveway when the collision occurred with a 2015 Jeep Wrangler that was traveling southbound on Veronica Avenue, driven by Nabil A. Said, 45, of Hillsborough. Said and his two young passengers were not injured, according to police and refused medical assistance. 

Manzo was trapped inside the car; firefighters responded to extricate him from the 2004 Toyota Camry; he suffered chest and hip injuries, police say.  

His wife was unconscious and unresponsive, officers removed her from the car and tried to revive her; the elderly couple was transported to an area trauma center by EMS personnel.

Catherine Manzo was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival; an autopsy to determine the cause of death will be conducted by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, according to police.  

Veronica Avenue was closed for several hours during the investigation and subsequent cleanup.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Officer James Raics of the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-5533 extension 3177. 



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