Van Driver Killed in Route 70 Crash

Calvin Cossaboon Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Calvin Cossaboon Jr., 50, was killed in this wreck on Route 70 Wednesday. Photo via Manchester Township Police.
Calvin Cossaboon Jr., 50, was killed in this wreck on Route 70 Wednesday. Photo via Manchester Township Police.

A Cape May Court House man was killed in a crash on Route 70 when his van crossed the center line and slammed into two cars, one head-on, early Wednesday afternoon, Manchester Township Police said.

Calvin Cossaboon Jr., 50, was headed east near Manchester Boulevard around 1 p.m. when his Dodge Caravan crossed into the westbound lanes, police said, bounced off the side of a Dodge Grand Caravan and slammed head-on into a Ford Taurus, both of which were headed in the opposite direction.

The force of the crash left both the van and Taurus with almost completely obliterated front ends, and spun the Taurus into the shoulder of the road.

Cossaboon was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Two women in the Taurus—driver Maureen Cullinane, 64, of Whiting, and passenger Evelyn Randall, 58, of Newark—were seriously hurt in the crash, police said, and had to be flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Cullinane was listed in critical condition at the hospital and Randall was listed in stable condition.

The driver of the Grand Caravan, whose name was not released, was unhurt, police said.

The crash closed the highway for roughly four hours as police investigated the crash.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, Whiting Volunteer First Aid, Quality Medical Transport, Monoc Paramedics, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Investigation Unit, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Department of Transportation Diversion Team.

The crash is currently under investigation by Ptl. Thomas O’Hare of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.

Laura Anderson December 11, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Every time I hear of an accident out there I'm sooooo thankful that it wasnt me or anyone I know
dj coombes December 11, 2013 at 09:50 PM
How many more people will have to die before they do something about this horrid Highway. What's this -the 4th head on since Thanksgiving week? Maureen is a good friend of mine & a great driver and now she's fighting for her life- because someone crossed the center line again.- please pray for her and her cousin!
Elizabeth December 11, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Pray for those injured. This is the MOST dangerous road around here, because ignorant drivers believe that can't drive behind anyone, they need to be first in line. I can't believe all the fools that pass two and three cars at a time, even though everyone is going the speed limit or more. I would love to see a greater police presence on this stretch of road.
Susan Bland December 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM
I am Calvin's sister. My family and I would like to send our prayers to Evelyn Randall and Maureen Cullinane and thier families. We are so very sorry that this horrible accident occured. Calvin had a heart attack and crossed the center line. We are praying for them. Again we are so sorry that this happened.
Artist/Engineer December 12, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Once again, lives could have been saved if this horrible road were rebuilt with 2 lanes each way, a center divider Jersey Barrier, and other improvements long overdue. This road was built in the 1930's when population and traffic levels were much much lower. It's time for this antiquated highway to be rebuilt. so sorry to hear of of Mr. Cossaboon's death and the injuries suffered by others.
Bellanessa December 12, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Everyone is quick to blame without knowing the details of the accident... Losing a loved one is a terrible sorrow but at this time of the year its so much worse.
Bellanessa December 12, 2013 at 07:43 AM
I also want to send prayers to those in the hospital.
KTP December 12, 2013 at 08:24 AM
I said the same thing last month, how many people have to die or be critically injured before Route 70 gets a divider!!! Rumble strips (which haven't even been installed yet) are a joke!!!
Bryan December 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM
@Susan sorry for your loss. This happens far too many times. To be honest i drive this highway everyday and not sure of the answer, dont think widening it well help then people will only drive faster. A divider will require jug handles lights etc. I drive rt 206 a similar type road and have never seen this on there, there is also a passing lane for a period of time then goes back to single lane, that may be an answer. But i never have seen people drive the way they do on rt 70. if i m doing 55-60 mph people come up on me and pass me like i am standing still and then I am sitting behind them at the next light. BOTTOM LINE PEOPLE NEED TO SLOW IT DOWN! you will only get to your destination2 mins faster tops!.... hope everyone recovers and bless the families.
George Johnson December 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM
They need put up cement walls as seen on rt37 instead of yellow lines in this area. There are too many lost old people and those in a rush going around them. It is heart breaking to keep reading about all these people getting hurt in this section of rt 70 in Manchester.
mbiff218 December 12, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Something needs to be done seems like there is an accident on Rt 70 at least 3 times a week whats wrong with this picture
Da Gr8 1 December 12, 2013 at 05:59 PM
ill keep saying it till im blue in the face. rt 70 needs to be 4 lanes and there needs to be a light at beckerville road. how much longer can this madness continue?
dj coombes December 14, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Susan I am so sorry for your loss. Please keep praying for Maureen. She is a fighter and faces a very long road back. Perhaps the families of those injured or killed should start suing Manchester Twp. for not doing something about this Highway to Hell. If there had been concrete barriers -like on Rt. 37- Maureen and Evelyn would be decorating their Christmas tree not fighting for her life (Maureen)and recovering from a shattered leg (Evelyn) To those who posted they are praying for Maureen, on behalf of her family and friends , I say Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
Carol LaBianca January 01, 2014 at 12:10 PM
My sister was critically injured on this road also, and almost lost her life. Comments made by some people that don't have any facts are just terrible... They are just quick to make a comment that hurts the families of the loved ones injured. I pray for anyone who drives on this road....Especially in bad weather.
Susan Bland January 03, 2014 at 07:30 PM
dj coombs could you please give me an update on your friend Maureen and her passenger ... my family and I are praying that they make a speedy recovery... I hope they are mending...
dj coombes January 04, 2014 at 03:52 AM
Hi Susan- thanks for all your prayers. I'm sure the holidays were not a joyous time in your family either. Evelyn was finally released from the hospital and is resting comfortably with Maureens sister. Maureen is another story. She is still in critical condition- on a ventilator.With every bone in her body either broken or crushed, it's been a really long three weeks. According to her sister who is at the hospital every day Maureen seems to be more peaceful the past 2 days. Perhaps she has turned a corner, that is what we are all praying for. Thanks for your prayers- they are really really needed.
dj coombes January 06, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Susan- just wanted to thank you again for the prayers! MAureen has turned a corner ! She is awake & able to respond to questions! She is being slowly weaned off the ventilotor! Tough 26 days but yeah! A slight rainbow at the end of the storm.
Susan Bland January 07, 2014 at 12:52 PM
That is absolutely the best news. Please let her know that we have been praying for her full recovery since the day this happened. I truly appreciate you keeping me updated. We will continue to pray for her. We will also continue to pray for her family and friends. I am so happy that Maureen is improving. Finally something to smile about. We hope and pray she continues to heal more and more everyday. Thank you again for keeping me updated. I know you dont have to but I am sure glad you are kind enough to do so.
dj coombes January 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Susan, I have great news. I actually spoke to Maureen last night!! I thought I was in a Twilight Zone episode when her cell popped up on my caller ID. She is doing better than anyone expected and will be going to a Rehab for physical therapy in the next few days. When I told her you had reached out to me several times with prayers for her she asked me to give you the following message- and I quote" Please tell her I am sorry for her loss. It was an ACCIDENT- I bear no ill will towards your brother or your family. She thanks you for all the prayers on her behalf. The fact that i am still here is a miracle" Don't get me wron g she still has a long road to go but she sounded great- just like her old self! I hope your family is healing as well. dj
Susan Bland February 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM
That is the BEST news ever. We are so happy that she is healing. Maureen sounds like a very kind soul. Please let her know that we are all doing ok, and she is right the accident was horrible and it is a miracle that I am so happy Maureen and her family are enjoying. Please let her know we continue to pray for her and her family.
Hillary March 02, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Hi Susan, I would like to extend my sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family. This is truly a tragedy. I did not know until recently of Wayne's death. Wayne was my stepfather for a very long time and he was a great person and father figure. I am deeply saddened by this news. I would like to pay my respects so if you could please provide me with the information on where he was buried I would appreciate it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this tough time.


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