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Man Critically Injured in Head-On Crash at Route 70/571 Intersection

Crash occurred on Sunday evening

A township man was critically injured in a two vehicle head-on crash at the intersection of Routes 70 and 571 Sunday evening. 

A 2011 Nissan Altima driven by Vincent Moscaritola, an 87-year-old from Manchester, was traveling east on Route 70 when his car entered the opposing lane of traffic while attempting to make a left on to Route 571 at 5:44 p.m., said Capt. Lisa Parker. Moscaritola's car collided with a 2008 Subaru wagon operated by Walter Goldenbaum, 68, of Manchester, which was traveling west.

Moscaritola was not wearing a seat belt, Parker said, and was taken by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where he was listed in critical condition. Goldenbaum, who was properly restrained with a seat belt, refused medical attention at the scene, Parker said. 

Traffic in the area was delayed as emergency crews tended to the crash scene, Parker said. 

Also responding were the Ridgeway and Manchester volunteer fire companies, Manchester First Aid Squad, MONOC paramedics, the Ocean County Criminal Investigative Unit and the New Jersey Department of Transportation diversion team, according to Parker.

Patrolman Ian Bole is investigating the crash, Parker said. 

Elizabeth March 07, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Chris, I was just thinking the same thing. Actually this is more a way to discuss the problems in the area, look for solutions, maybe come up with a helpful idea or two. It's not personal, about one individual---it's a widespread problem---BAD DRIVERS, God knows they come in all ages, genders.....And most accidents occur within 5 miles of ones home, so not wearing a seat belt is just plain stupid.
WhitingBoy March 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Prayers for the gentleman involved… Route 70 the entire length of the way through Manchester needs to be evaluated. There are simply too many accidents. The folks that blame the seniors and the folks that blame the non-seniors are both correct. We must accept the fact that there will be no retesting of seniors (a political third-rail) and the younger folks who need to get from point A to point B without being “stuck” are going to push the envelope I think if I was 80+ years old, I would rather not deal with folks up their bumper or with making a left with lessened reaction times across busy intersections. Perhaps a three-pronged plan would be beneficial: 1) Do a proactive push to ensure seniors are aware of the public transportation options available (if they are) and any local services offered if they live in a community that provides such) 2) Cut through to connect roads where possible so that they can drive backstreets the length of common trips (running parallel rather than on Rt70), and 3) Divert some of the policing resources from the “rolling through the As We Grow stop-sign” initiative and the “right on red by the Municipal building” initiative to pulling over all too-close drivers or the aggressive right-lane passers, etc. I know these are not all great ideas, but I think we should start to think of things we can do to mitigate the problems while accepting the realities.
McDoodle March 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
First to address some of the comments ...the left turning lanes especially at 70/571 are not the best. After the green arrow for left turn changes for all lanes to go you still can turn but it's dangerous. A person making a left is usually going 10 - 15 mph since they are starting from a stopped position. the Individual travelling straight east or west on this road travel way above the speed limit. The vehicle that struck the turning one was most likely travelling at a very high and unsafe speed rate of speed and who knows maybe on the cell phone. I wonder if a speeding ticket was issued or was a breathilizer issued....were there any skid marks showing an attempt to stop or avoid the turning car. As far as retesting people for their driving ability as they get older is a great idea, unfortunately in this country where the old mighty dollar rules the automotive industry will fight that tooth and nail. Im sure the senior's are responsible for a large percentage of newly purchased vehicles which they are not going to give up so easily,
McDoodle March 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Hey lou go f yourself
Screwie Louie Caridad March 11, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Wow mcdoodle very adult like,breathilizer,speeding,or cell phone doesnt take away the fact mr m durned into traffic for whatever the reason still failure to yield ive been doing resque for 20yrs now and its the.same story not our realitive it was the other guy...........grow up ppl

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