Route 37 Crash Leaves Two Injured

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MANCHESTER – For the second time in less than a week, a serious motor vehicle accident took place in the township on Route 37 near Colonial Drive. This one left two injured and needing care at a shore area trauma center.

Manchester Township Police said the crash happened before 8:30 a.m. January 8 right near their headquarters at the intersection of Route 37 and Colonial Drive. The preliminary investigation revealed that driver inattention contributed to the collision.

30-year-old Jayna Deshay of Browns Mills was driving west on 37 in a Chevrolet Colorado when she collided with a Mercury Grand Marquis driven by 38-year-old Jaimie Hom of Toms River, who was stopped at the red traffic light.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed extensive rear end damage to the Mercury and front damage to the Chevy.

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Police confirmed that Deshay was not wearing her seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle suffering injuries. She was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and is currently listed in stable condition.

Photo courtesy Manchester Township Police

Hom was also transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for the treatment and evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries.

The intersection was partially closed causing traffic delays while officers conducted the investigation.  

The investigation into this crash is ongoing.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, and Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, as well as, Manchester Township Division of Emergency Service EMTs, Jackson Township EMTs, and Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics.

The crash is being investigated by Patrolman Keith Douglas of the Manchester Police Traffic Safety section.