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Woman, 70, Dies From Injuries Suffered In Manchester Crash; Dog Euthanized

Karen Olsen of Allentown, N.J., traveling with her husband and dog, died after she was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for severe head trauma

A 70-year-old woman died Monday after her car crashed into a utility pole on Route 539 in Manchester, police said.

Karen Olsen of Allentown, N.J., a passenger in the vehicle driven by her husband, 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.

Olsen, who was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore, had been properly restrained and had to be extricated from the vehicle, police said.

The driver, 70-year-old Robert S. Olsen of Allentown, was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to Jersey Shore for chest injuries. He was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon, police said.

The Olsen's 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, striking a utility pole and overturning before striking a tree in the area of Roosevelt Boulevard, located in the Whiting Section of the township.

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.

The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole and Patrolman Doug Higgins from the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Section.

Due to the necessary replacement of the utility pole, the northbound lane on Route 539 will remain closed, detouring traffic for approximately two hours Monday evening.

Larry Sears February 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Jen, My condolences go out to you and your family. I know that everyone tried their best and did their best for your aunt and uncle.
Jacqueline February 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM
I can't believe she is gone.. She was an amazing person who turned more and more into our grandmother everyday. I could only hope to become a little bit like her. I love you aunt Karen.. I love you Jen... So much. Uncle Bob needs our help and strength now...
Craig February 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I wonder if they euthanized with the owners permission.. I have seen dogs with partially torn off legs and they were saved.... this Guy might be real pissed when he figures out what happened...
VoiceofReason February 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Poor Dog.....
Craig February 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Oh my God...what a horrible tragedy.. this poor man will have a hard road dealing with this. Those who are close stay with him as much as possible. I hope he was the one to make the decision to euth his dog. This dog had a chance if it was still alive..
VoiceofReason February 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Why are people so quick to murder animals when they have broken legs? Are you kidding me? If "the man" had broken legs would they kill him? Sick world. I'd like to meet the guy who made that call.
Cade February 19, 2013 at 01:44 PM
horrible tragedy... I've witnessed a bad accident in that area as well... me and my husband got a flat tire on the road so we had pulled way off the road, left a note in the truck to go get a spare tire. when we returned the area was surrounded by police ems fire,ect, apparently a car slammed into the police car, luckily only nicked the officer himself and eventually ended up smashed under a guard rail. not sure about the fate of the driver as we weren't told, but if we were there changing our tire at the time there's a good chance we would have been killed... all we know is the woman was going about 80 when it happened. between deer, other drivers, ect that road can be very treacherous. my thoughts are with the family and husband, he's going to need all the support he can get... and I truly hope having the dog put to sleep was his decision otherwise it's just another blow to a bad situation. unfortunately not everyone can afford surgery and extreme medical care for their pets, as long as it was his choice though I see it justified. but anyway my best wishes for your family... it's nice to know he has a loving family to support him
forreal13 February 19, 2013 at 01:47 PM
So sad, but is happening WAY to often...
none of yobusiness February 19, 2013 at 03:36 PM
So sad for this family thoughts and prayers to them.
Robert Yates February 19, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Murder- also known as homicide- means (from its latin derivative) the killing of a human being. Euthanizing a dog is not murder - for the simple reason that dogs and people are not the same. I appreciate a dog just as much as the next guy, but it is absurd to equate animals with people. For the deceased human: Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
bhavaja February 19, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Jen et al- I'm sending prayers of strength and peace to your family. This is very tragic. Note the article stated dog also had broken back not just legs. this may have been reason they decided to euthanize...may not have ever walked again etc
VoiceofReason February 19, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Robert Yates strikes again. I'll call it what I want thank you. I believe that if you can make extenuating efforts to save a human LIFE, why can't the same be done for an animal LIFE. Life is Life Robert Yates. If god forbid someone in your family is severely injured would you pull the plug? But if it were an animal, you would.... Good to know. Do the world a favor - don't get a pet.
clamdigger February 19, 2013 at 06:48 PM
"The dog...suffered severe injuries to its back and legs" obviously the dog had injuries that were too severe to try and help it and it was more humane to put it down then to have the animal suffer.
read bull February 19, 2013 at 07:14 PM
AGREED. Dogs have been saved that were in worse shape - they could have tried...
clamdigger February 19, 2013 at 07:34 PM
to cammi; " Dogs have been saved that were in worse shape - they could have tried..." Were you there at the scene of the accident? were you there, in the room w/ the vet's? did you see what they had to go through or in what shape the dog was in? did you actually look at the photos of the accident? one look at those pictures and reading that the dog had "severe back and leg injuries" pretty much means the writer of the article was not going to get graphic in the details but one could just imaging what the injuries were. if you've ever met a vet or one of his/her asst.'s you would know they do everything to help animals in distress, not bring them in and just say, well let's just put him down.
read bull February 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM
clamdigger - STFU you piney azzh&le and learn to spell
bridget February 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Jacqueline & Jen, Such a sad thing. May your Aunt Karen and her dog rest in peace. Your family is strong and will help your uncle somehow get through this horrible tragedy. We are all here for you if you ever want to talk. Love you!
clamdigger February 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM
to cammi; did i hit a sore spot? btw...learn to spell...really?!
staci February 20, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Karen and Bob. were a wonderful couple. This is very tragic and my heart goes out to her family .Karen was a client for many years in our Salon and is going to be greatly missed..Max was very important anf deeply loved by both and she did speak of restraing him safely when they traveled..His injuries to his back and legs had ti be severe for family members to make that personal choice.No one would want him to suffer ..Rip Karen and Max
Lisa February 20, 2013 at 02:14 PM
This is an extremely sad situation. There was the loss of a life of a very special human being and a dog that was very special to them. I am sure they did what they could to save her and as far as the dog goes, he had a broken back and broken legs. There was nothing they could have done for the dog or I am sure they would have. Please try to be more considerate and respectful if you are going to leave comments. You have no idea what the circumstances were unless you know the family and what they are going thru right now. I am sure you all would want the same.
JOHNNY Done it February 21, 2013 at 05:06 AM
VOICE OF REASON .. Does quality of if ring a bell .They the same for horses. 1 is it economics How much ar you willing to spend ..2 we heal differently than those animals. 3 There is no guarantee that the animal will be normal ,pain all the time...Please think before making the comment .. I had my dogs tail removed for a tumor , sugery $3000.00 could you imagine the surgery for both of those injuries will cost ?
JOHNNY Done it February 21, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Sha you must be in stable condition to get airlifted.... My condolences to the family & friends hopefully the husband recovers quickly
billy jones February 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM
So sad. My heart goes out to family.
Phil MacKenzie February 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM
VoiceofReason has no reason at all. Just because some folks keep a dog as a pet doesn't make it any different than chicken, a rat, or a opossum. Animals are animals meant for food or utility. I don't know how we have strayed so far from that concept. Dogs used to stay outside and weren't aloud in the house. In the book Old Yeller the OWNER of the dog shoots it when it is sick. If somebody did that today they would be locked up for some crazy liberal law. I would also like to apologize to the family for your ignorance. I'm sure the ANIMAL is an after thought to the LOVED ONES in the vehicle. The short version: Animals aren't people.
VoiceofReason February 21, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Phil Mackenzie is clearly a cold blooded jerk. Please don't ever get a pet. You must be so proud of your antics. Johnny Done it - Umm, No. "quality of if" DOES NOT ring a bell. What does that mean. Learn how to proof-read before trying to make a point.
despicable me February 21, 2013 at 07:43 PM
How many people need to die before peoples lives become more important than votes.
lori marotta February 21, 2013 at 08:05 PM
are all you people serious a woman horribly died and all you are worried about is if the dogs owner gave permission for the dog to be put to sleep?? I could only hope this doesn't happen to any of you and I feel bad if this womans family goes on this page to read what you are all saying...
J February 22, 2013 at 02:52 AM
I am her family and am reading and am fully annoyed!
despicable me February 22, 2013 at 04:53 AM
So sad for this family thoughts and prayers to them.
Phil MacKenzie February 22, 2013 at 01:18 PM
@VoiceofReason, not cold blooded just logical. I have pets and have always had pets, but they were always that. Not "members of the family" like some delusional people think. Lets say, for example, the dog in this accident was able to be saved. Who is supposed to pay for the treatment? You? Me? Obama-care?


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