MANCHESTER – In the early hours of November 5, a vehicle veered off of the road and struck a utility pole and a tree, killing the lone person inside.
Lynda Brown, 60, of Brick, was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders shortly after they arrived at the intersection of Route 70 and Beckerville Road in the Whiting section of the township, police reported.
The 2012 Ford Escape was extensively damaged. Airbags had deployed. The driver had not been wearing a seat belt, officers said.
Investigators surmise that the car was heading west on Beckerville Road. It crossed the centerline and ran off the roadway on the southbound shoulder. It hit a pole and then the tree. Police are still trying to determine the cause of the crash and the manner of death.
Assisting at the scene were EMTs from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, as well as paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Also assisting were members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Joint Base Fire Department, the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit. This crash is being investigated by Patrolman Michael O’Hara of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit.