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UPDATE: Two Now Dead In Manchester Crash; Others Hospitalized

Shannon B. Fenton of Brant Beach and 19-year old Sefakor A. Mensah of Monroe were pronounced dead after they were hospitalized late Sunday

Two people, including a 28-year-old Brant Beach man, died and three others were hospitalized late Sunday in a car crash on Route 539 in Manchester, police said.
Two people, including a 28-year-old Brant Beach man, died and three others were hospitalized late Sunday in a car crash on Route 539 in Manchester, police said.

By Patch Staff

Two people, including a 28-year-old Brant Beach man, died and three others were hospitalized late Sunday after a car crash on Route 539 in Manchester, police said.

Shannon B. Fenton of Brant Beach and 19-year old Sefakor A. Mensah of Monroe were pronounced dead after they were hospitalized late Sunday. 

The driver of a Volkswagon Jetta, 19-year-old Alexandra E. Peroni of Norwalk, Ct., suffered fractures in both elbows and ankles and was transported from Southern Ocean County Hospital in Manahawkin to a local hospital in Connecticut in stable condition.

The front-seat passenger of the  Volkswagon, 19-year-old Danielle M. Godley of Floral Park, N.Y., suffered injuries to her chest, arms, and legs, and was listed in stable condition at Community Medical Center. 

The driver of a BMW Z3, 51-year-old Claire T. Kinsella from New York ,suffered head and chest injuries.  She is currently listed in stable condition at Community Medical Center, police said.  

At approximately 7:47 p.m., a gray 2009 Nissan Altima was traveling south on County Route 539, near milepost 21, when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a gray 2001 BMW Z3 convertible, police said. 

The Nissan Altima, driven by Fenton, continued south in the northbound lane and then collided head on with the Volkswagon, which was traveling north on Route 539. 

Mensah was the rear seat passenger of the Volkswagon Jetta, police said.

Assisting at the scene was the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Bamber Lake and Lakehurst Fire Department, Paramedics from MONOC, Quality Medical Transport, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, the Ocean County Criminalistic Investigation Unit, the NJ DOT Diversionary Team, and the Ocean County Road Department. 

The crash remains under investigation by Patrolmen Paul Bachovchin and Patrolmen Ian Bole from the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Bureau.

April Ellis July 15, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I noticed that some people drive way under the speed limit on rt.539. because of that people who do drive the speed limit have to pass them.I wish these slow drivers would move over more to the right so we can pass them safely.
Mike Note July 15, 2013 at 08:04 PM
I drive this road daily. The only time anyone drives way under the speed limit is behind a dump truck. At 60 over the speed limit they pass me like I am standing still. Including no pass zones. I have seen people run off the road not to get hit head on. This road is dangerous.
Bryan July 15, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Yes i agree everyone is in a hurry, that extra speeding gets you there or the next red light 30 sec faster..... nobody wants to step on a brake they rather speed up and get around them faster.
Tiffany Maruska July 15, 2013 at 09:34 PM
correction: 28 year old Brant Beach MAN.... Shannon Fenton is a male.. sad story none the less
John E July 16, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Saw more accidents and deaths on that streach of RT 539 than most. I recall my very first week as a volunteer for Whiting Fire Dept. believe the year was 1983..the call came over my pager and I lived very near to RT539 back then was there within seconds..a car just wrapped its self around a pole..was a women driver ejected and baby in back seat vehicle flipped..the lady was pinned under the vehicle as I arrived (first on scene) I asked a few truckers for help and we lifted the vehicle off her and Whiting First Aid arrived..was to late, she was crushed by impack but baby was ok. After 20 minutes or so a man broke the police line and was yelled at and followed by police at scene to be stopped..he was the victims husband..I CRIED MY EYES OUT THAT DAY..my first week as a volunteer firemember! All she was doing was going home with food for dinner and baby in back seat..why the crash..they said it might of been a deer.."no cells phones back in 1984"

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