MANCHESTER – A Toms River man was killed after being struck by two cars while crossing the street Saturday night, police said.
Around 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of Route 571 near the intersection of Washington Avenue regarding a pedestrian hit by two cars.
According to police, 45-year-old Paul Mount was crossing Route 571, near the intersection of Washington Avenue, not within a marked crosswalk. During that time, a 2018 Ford Explorer was traveling northbound on Route 571 in the left lane and a 2021 Toyota Highlander was following directly behind.
As they approached the intersection of Washington Avenue, Mount was in the left lane of Route 571 northbound, where he was hit by the Ford and then subsequently impacted by the Toyota.
Police said officers immediately initiated life saving measures on Mount, however he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver of the Ford, 21-year-old Cristian Solano of Jackson, was traveling with two people, identified as 31-year-old Yonatan Maroles-Guardado, who was seated in the front passenger seat and 51-year-old Angel Contreras-Guriervez, who was seated in the rear passenger side seat.
The driver of the Toyota, 27-year-old Fraidel Malka Kramer was traveling alone. There were no reported injuries to any individuals in the Ford or Toyota, police said.
The crash is under investigation at this time, but police believe the primary contributing factor is crossing the roadway in an area with no crosswalk during nighttime conditions.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Medical Technicians from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, and Paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Additionally, Detectives from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigations Unit and a representative from the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.