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UPDATE: Manchester Crash Victim Was Director Of Nursing

Her 70-year-old husband was last reported to be in stable condition

A 70-year-old woman who died in a Route 539 crash in Manchester on Feb. 18 was the director of nursing at the Central Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged for 30 years, according to NJ.com.

Police are investigating what caused Karen Olsen's 70-year-old husband, Robert, to allegedly leave Route 539 and strike into a utility pole, killing Olsen and their dog, police said.

Services for Olsen, of Allentown, N.J., who recently retired from her job, were held at the Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home in Clark on Friday, Feb. 22, and at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Clark, according to NJ.com.

Entombment followed in Woodbridge Memorial Gardens in Woodbridge.

Olsen was born in West New York and lived in Spotswood before moving to Allentown eight years ago. She graduated from the Jersey City Medical Center School of Nursing, according to NJ.com.

She was married for 46 years and had a son and a grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, people are asked to make a donation in her memory to Susan G. Komen For The Cure, 785 Springfield Ave ., Summit, N.J. 07901, according to NJ.com.

Olsen died after she was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for severe head trauma, and then airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

The driver, Robert S. Olsen, was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to Jersey Shore for chest injuries.

The Olsens' dog was also traveling with them at the time of the collision and suffered severe injuries to its back and legs, police said. The dog was transported by the Manchester Animal Control to the Ocean County Veterinarian where it was euthanized due to the extent of its injuries, police said.

At approximately 10:58 a.m., the Olsen's silver 2012 Jeep Liberty was traveling on Route 539 northbound when it left the roadway, and crashed.

Assisting at the scene were the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, paramedics from MONOC, Quality Medical Transport, the Ocean County Criminalistic Investigation Unit and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Lynn February 28, 2013 at 05:54 AM
So sad our prayers are with you.

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