MANCHESTER – Authorities believe wet road conditions and heavy fog were to blame for an early morning accident that left two Ocean County residents injured.
Manchester Township Police said the crash happened on December 31 around 4:30 a.m. Police said 19-year-old Jamier Mcleod of South Toms River was driving his Acura TSX down Route 571 in the area of Kingsridge Road when he lost control of the car, ran off the road, smashed into a utility pole before coming to a stop in the woods.
Police said Mcleod was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and he was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment of possible internal injuries.
The passenger in the vehicle, 19-year-old Ivanalai Garcia of Berkley Township sustained a head injury and was transported to
Community Medical Center for treatment.
According to police, the Ridgeway Vol. Fire Department and Manchester Vol. Fire Department responded along with Paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson and Manchester Emergency Medical Services.
JCP&L also came to the scene to repair the utilty pole.
The crash remains under investigation by Sergeant Paul Bachovchin of the Manchester Township Police Department Traffic Safety section.