Rain Contributes To Head-On Crash On Route 70

Photo by Jason Allentoff

MANCHESTER – Police said that rainy weather and driver error was the cause of a head-on crash that sent both drivers to the hospital.

  Diane Sottilaro, 64, of Whiting, was driving her Mazda 6 west on Route 70. She started to turn left onto Manchester Boulevard at around 3 p.m. on Aug. 13.

  When her car crossed into the eastbound lane, it collided with a Subaru driven by Joseph Henderson, 47, of Manchester. 

  Upon arriving on scene, police saw that both vehicles had extensive front-end damage. 

  Sottilaro suffered multiple injuries, but none of them were life-threatening, police said. Henderson suffered a small laceration to his arm. Both were transported to Community Medical Center by ambulance. 

  Police determined that driver error and rainy weather were the main reasons for the crash. Neither vehicle’s lights were on, it was noted. However, both drivers had their seat belts on.

  Assisting at the scene were EMTs from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Service and paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The crash is currently under investigation by Ptl. Michael Anderson of the police department’s Traffic Safety Unit.