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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.

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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