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Driver Who Wasn't Wearing Seat Belt Seriously Hurt, Police Say

No one else was injured in the one-car crash, police said.

Edward Romaine's Honda Civic sits on its side following a crash Thursday. Photo via Manchester Township Police.
Edward Romaine's Honda Civic sits on its side following a crash Thursday. Photo via Manchester Township Police.

A driver who wasn't wearing his seatbelt was seriously injured after crashing into a tree in Whiting in a one-car accident Thursday evening, Manchester Township Police said.

Edward Romaine, 63, of Whiting, had to be flown to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune after suffering a head injury when his Honda Civic flipped in the crash, police said.

Romaine was heading west on the road when he crossed over and hit a tree on the eastbound shoulder of the road, police said, which cause the Civic to flip and end up coming to rest on the passenger's side.

Emergency workers had to cut the roof from the Civic to free Romaine, and Route 530 was closed into Berkeley for about two hours during the investigation.

MONOC paramedics flew Romaine to the hospital following the crash; his status there wasn't immediately available.

Police stressed the importance of wearing a seat belt in the car, whether as a driver or passenger, given the injuries Romaine suffered.

Assisting at the scene were Members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, MONOC Paramedics, MONOC 1 air transport, and Quality Medical Ambulance Service.

The accident is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Traffic Safety Section.

John E December 28, 2013 at 06:18 PM
If you're stupid enough to drive without wearing seat belts, you're stupid enough to not pay attention to your driving.
Irina December 29, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I feel bad for the poor Honda Civic. I'll bet next time this dumby gets into a car he'll will use his seatbelt.
DR December 29, 2013 at 01:52 AM
"Just another day" how about you keep your comments to yourself. That 'dumby' happens to be my father, who is thankfully okay after the accident. Maybe next time you post you'll use a little bit of compassion, considering it seems you spend the majority of your day commenting on stories on this site.
Kathy Navarra Rein December 31, 2013 at 07:07 AM
What is wrong with you people, this man has family out their. He made a bad judgement call. Who the hell are either one of you to make such rash comments. Just an FYI to the first to idiots, the driver passed away 2 days ago, so think before you post your stupid comments.. God Bless you Ed and may you rest in peace..
Carol LaBianca January 01, 2014 at 11:54 AM
My sister was seriously injured on the same road. I cannot tell you how the idiotic comments on here are even published.... and to DR, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My heart aches for you. May he rest in peace. My sister almost lost her life to her injuries on this terrible road and I am not the same anymore.

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