MANCHESTER – Township police are continuing to investigate a multi-vehicle crash that occurred Monday night that involved a driver who fled the scene.
Police responded to the intersection of Route 571 and Lockhart Street around 11:08 p.m. to investigate a motor vehicle accident involving three vehicles, two of which impacted a residence.
The officers observed a 2005 Toyota Tacoma, on the front lawn of 1764 Lockhart Street with extensive front end and rear end damage. A 2010 Honda CR-V crashed into the garage and residence of 1764 Lockhart Street with extensive rear end damage and located approximately 600 feet from the intersection of Route 571 and Lockhart Street.
Also noted was a 2021 Hyundai Elantra facing southbound on the northbound grass shoulder of Route 571. Witnesses on scene stated that the 2021 Hyundai Elantra was traveling south on County Route 571 at a high rate of speed and was weaving in and out of traffic.
The 2005 Toyota Tacoma was traveling south on Route 571 in the right lane. The Hyundai Elantra attempted to switch lanes going right when it impacted the rear of the Toyota Tacoma. The impact from the collision caused the Toyota Tacoma to run off the road and enter the property of 1764 Lockhart Street.
The Toyota Tacoma entered onto the property and impacted the rear of the Honda CR-V which was parked in the driveway of 1764 Lockhart Street. That crash caused the Honda to lurch forward striking the residence and garage. After striking the Honda, the Toyota Tacoma struck a shed that was located on the property.
The Hyundai Elantra continued to travel south on Route 571 crossing over the fog line and centerline of the highway several times before coming to a stop on the northbound grass shoulder of Route 571.
Further investigation revealed that Alexis Connotillo, 29, Manchester, the driver of the Hyundai Elantra, fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival. Township Police told Jersey Shore Online.com yesterday that they were gathering details concerning Connotillo and this delayed the release of their report.
Manchester resident Dominic Frizino, 70, was driving the Toyota Tacoma, was not injured.The Honda was unoccupied at the time of the accident.
The residence of 1764 Lockhart Street was examined by the Manchester Township Building Inspector and was deemed safe for the residents to remain in the household.
Assisting at the scene were EMTs from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, firefighters from Manchester Volunteer Fire Company and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company, Ocean County Sheriff Departments K-9 Unit, the Manchester Township Police Department Drone Unit, and the Manchester Township Building Inspector.
This crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Conner Yatauro of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section. Currently, the contributing factors of the accident are, unsafe speed, improper lane change and following too closely.