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.