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Township Man Killed, Two Injured in Early Morning Route 70 Crash

Police say man crossed into opposing lane of traffic

A township man was killed and two others were injured in an early morning head-on collision on Route 70 Wednesday. 

Manchester resident Edward Strungis, 60, was killed when the Lexus IS300 he was driving westbound on Route 70 crossed into the opposing lane of traffic near Leisure Village West at about 1:08 a.m. Wednesday and struck another vehicle, said Capt. Lisa Parker in a statement.

Strungis was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Parker said. 

The other car, a Nissan Altima, was driven by 77-year-old Sylvia M. Panza of Manchester. Both Panza and her passenger, 71-year-old Lemig B. Valdemara of Indialantic, Fla., were wearing restraints and were taken by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Parker said.

Panza suffered "severe trauma to the legs and chest," Parker said. She and Valdemara are listed in critical condition.

Patrolmen Ian Bole and Antonio Ellis from the police department's Traffic Safety Section are investigating the crash, Parker said.

Also responding to the scene were the Manchester and Ridgeway volunteer fire departments, paramedics from MONOC, Quality Medical Transport and the Manchester Volunteer First Aid Squad. The Ocean County Criminalistic Investigation Unit and Medical Examiner's Office, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation Diversionary Team were also at the scene, Parker said.

A number of serious head-on collisions have occurred on Route 70 recently. Six people were injured in a  last September on the highway near Washington Avenue. One month later,  and injured four. In December,  after a head-on crash near Beckerville Road. Most recently, a head-on crash at the Route 70/571 intersection  with critical injuries.

Walter April 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
My condolences to all involved. It seems that there have been quite a few head on collisions along Route 70, maybe it is time for the State DOT to come up with a solution to this ever saddening problem with this highway. Maybe erect some kind of divider or correct engineering flaws with the construction of the roadway.
Don Gottwerth April 25, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Yeah, and those Pennsylvania nutcakes are bad news when they're thru this area. Speed, multi vehicle passing, tailgating. And then there's those dump trucks that are a menace to all in every direction.
the head April 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM
jersey barriers street lights and some traffic light would be a good starting point
George Har May 02, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Why at age 55, if retesting is required it should be for everyone who has a license. There are many drivers out there who have fogotten the rules of the road, or ign ore them and do things like pass on a solid line, holding a cell phone, excessive speeding etc.
deborah schaechter June 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM
enough... my prayers go out to both families. It's sad that everyone being so cruel. this is the worse time in those families lives. I can't imagine as I pasted that accident on my way to work at 5:00am the distruction that it caused in a blink of an eye.

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