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UPDATE: Police Identify Whiting Woman Killed in Tuesday Route 70 Crash

Crash reportedly occurred at about 5 p.m. in the area of Route 539

Police late Tuesday night identified the township woman who was killed in a head-on collision on Route 70 earlier that afternoon. 

The collision, which occurred at 4:50 p.m. in the eastbound lane of the state highway just east of the intersection with Route 539, killed 68-year-old Theresa R. McKeon of Whiting, said Manchester Police Department Lt. Robert Dolan in a statement. 

McKeon, who was driving a 2011 KIA, had her dog in the vehicle with her and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by representatives from the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, Dolan said. 

The driver of the other vehicle, a 2004 Jaguar driven by June A. Schlegeimilch, 60, of Toms River, was transported by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of "serious" injuries, Dolan said. 

McKeon's dog was taken by Manchester Township Animal Control to a local veterinarian for treatment, according to the lieutenant.

The crash closed Route 70 in the area for several hours and detours were put in place on the highway from Hilltop Road to Route 539 while authorities investigated the crash, Capt. Lisa Parker said earlier Tuesday.

The Whiting First Aid Squad, Whiting Fire Department, Mon-OC Paramedics, Quality Medical Transport, Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit and the New Jersey Department of Transportation also responded to the scene, Dolan said.

In the first few hours after the crash, police did not initially release the names of those involved as family had not been notified. 

The crash is under investigation by Traffic Safety Officer Ptl. Doug Higgins. Police ask that anyone who may have information about the crash call the department's Traffic Safety Section at 732-657-2009, ext. 4400.

barbara September 18, 2012 at 11:36 PM
so sad, RIP.......
KAREN A KINCAID September 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. i hope the family also claims the puppy. poor baby losing a friend like that :(
James Wise September 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Terry was a great woman, a great mother and was very important in my life. She will be missed dearly...love you always..xoxoxo Jimmy
Dana September 19, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I was one of the eye witnesses, this was so horrific. She was driving erratically and into on coming traffic. This poor woman, just could not get out of her way fast enough. Heartbreaking- I did not sleep a wink all night- thoughts and prayers to her family and loved ones.
Patty September 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I am sorry for your loss of a dear friend.
So Much to Say September 19, 2012 at 01:39 PM
She was driving eratically....Which "she", the driver of the Jag or Kia? I really hope you told this to police.
onthecuff September 19, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Sorry for your loss.
onthecuff September 19, 2012 at 02:37 PM
It's never good witnessing an accident, sorry you had to see that. I am sure that you shared what you saw with the PD, which will only help their investigation.
Dana September 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The jag was driving erratically and yes I gave a full statement.
julie wilson September 19, 2012 at 03:49 PM
So sad, people need to think about there driving and nothing else should matter, no phones no texting and no drinking. if people would just pay attention to what is going on, on the road. RT 70 has had so many killed this year. Prays to the family who lost a love one.
James Wise September 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Thank you for making sure police had full details..
ballyjduf September 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Thank you for helping police
AnOpenMind September 19, 2012 at 07:23 PM
As I understad it, the driver of the jaguar was experiencing a diabetic reaction with low blood sugar. Most often the person doesnt even realize they are having a reaction. So lets not jump to conclusions and think she was texting or phoning or drinking
Dana September 19, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Yes James I'll do whatever I can to make sure they know what happened. My heartfelt thoughts go out to you. No one should have to deal with a loss of this senseless.
Dana September 19, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Regardless of what the driver was experiencing, a life was lost and MANY endangered including myself. It does make me and i hope others wake up and realize that life is more precious then a text a call or a drink. You can say it and hear it but until you see what our vehicles are capable of it doesn't always hit home. Whatever happened.....we all need to be more cautious drivers.
onthecuff September 19, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Good for you. So many people now a days witness an accident and just keep driving. I am glad that you were able to tell someone else's story and be a voice that unfortunately can no longer be heard. Sorry again you had to witness such a horrific event...
Nancy September 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM
All the roads down here are dangerous. You either have people going 35 miles an hour or 75 miles per hour.
KAREN A KINCAID September 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM
James, i do hope you will post here what the findings are of the accident. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family for your lose. How is the dog doing? This makes me sad reading about this :(
james primmer September 20, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Yew Dana I was al so run off the road by the same lady . She couldn't maintain her lane for 200 feet I think she had something in her system . Prayers go out to the person she killed and her family .
Project Bluebeam September 20, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Thanks for sharing that info. Unfortunately people will still speculate..
. September 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM
How very sad. I read elsewhere that the dog, which was a service dog, has also passed away. May they both rest in peace.
1stcav September 20, 2012 at 01:38 PM
RIP Dear Lady , low blood sugar IS dangerous and you can pass out ! We should all have check ups as we age ! I hope the others involved recover from there injuries..So sad to go out and NEVER return home......
Witness September 20, 2012 at 02:23 PM
James and Dana the other driver was in a medical condition, she wasn't texting, on the phone and James she had nothing in her system
Rose September 21, 2012 at 01:48 AM
where is the dog ? still at shelter ? this whole thing is a tradegy , so sorry for everybody's loss GOD BLESS
Anne Martinez September 21, 2012 at 02:10 AM
For Terry's Family - Please know we are all in shock and so sad to lose such a lovely colleague. / Anne Martinez on behalf of her Ignite Associates
krs September 21, 2012 at 03:19 PM
To the ignorant people who have no idea, The woman in the Jag had absolutely nothing in her system. Her medical condition is what caused the accident. She is actually an amazing woman. As a person in the medical field, I can assure you that individuals with diabetes can have an episode without knowing its happening until its too late. Instead of being INCREDIBLY judgmental, maybe you should think of the possibilities and stop being so stereotypical. As for the woman who was killed, her death is very sad and I send my regards to her family.
Rob September 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Sad to report the Terry's beloved dog Rusty went paw in hand with Terry
Cynic September 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
But the question is, why did the Jag woman's blood sugar level drop so low to cause this tragedy? If she had a medical condition, did she forget to take her medication? Unfortunately, so many diabetics take their condition lightly and believe that it's a nuisance to have to take insulin. I've known many diabetics and they never take it seriously.
onthecuff September 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM
To Cynic. I am a pre-diabetic and take medicine everyday. Unfortunately only so much of it is controlled with diet and exercise. However I can tell you, that even though I make sure I take my medicine each morning, everyone's life is so hectic, sometimes I forget to eat.... or on the flip side, have something with sugar, and it sincerely just hits you. If I do not eat, I can tell and remember once I start becoming light headed, and if I have to much sugar, I can tell because again I become light headed and actually start to feel sick and dizzy. I do what I am supposed to do, however sometimes your body just freaks and there is no explanation for it. I am sure she did take her medicine that day, but something triggered off an episode that unfortunately happened while she was driving..... Its a sad situation. As far as the dog goes... I strongly believe that animals should be contained in the cars, if a bigger dog, they have they sell things you can put on a seatbelt, to strap that dog in.... If its a smaller dog, they have the cases and again you can strap the dog in by use of a seatbelt.... Too many times I see people driving with the dogs on their laps and the dog is hangin out the window.... I often think to myself, If there is ever an accident, that dog does not have a chance.... Everyone in the car should be buckled up, whether human or animal....
concerned coworker September 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM
to cynic. i can tell u the woman took her condition very seriously. i work with her and watch her religiously check her sugar and take her meds. she had been under a lot of stress which can also affect your levels so let's not jump to conclusions. her coworkers are in shock and very concerned for her as well as the other family. i'm sure at one time or another every diabetic has had a low sugar episode but that doesn't mean they don't take their condition seriously.

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