JACKSON – Township police continue to investigate what caused a single vehicle crash that injured a man and left a 19-year-old dead.
Jackson Police Captain Steven Laskiewicz confirmed that 19-year-old Austen Hunter of Jackson was behind the wheel of the 1997 Chrysler Sebring when he lost control, ended up in the woods and struck several trees. Hunter had to be extricated from the car and was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he died of his injuries.
The only passenger in the car was 23-year-old Hasson Renouf of Jackson who suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital. He’s listed in stable condition.
Police believe speed and wet road conditions contributed to the crash. The crash, which was originally reported to be in Manchester was located near a bridge in the vicinity of the Pine Barrens Golf Club.
The accident is being investigated by Police Officer Kevin Chesney of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit and Officers Stephen Cilento, Joseph Pante and Sgt. Richard Bosley.
Also responding to the scene to assist was Jackson First Aid, Berkeley First Aid, Whitesville Fire Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the crash are asked to contact Officer Chesney at 732-928-1111.