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Investigation: Fatal Accident on Rt. 36

The area between Church and Main streets in the Belford section was opened back up to traffic at about 2 p.m.

It’s the first fatal accident reported in this year.

This morning at about 10:51 a.m. a 46-year-old Highlands man was killed in a single vehicle rollover on Route 36 between Church and Main streets, Middletown Police Sgt. First Class Fred Deickmann said.

The driver, and victim, who police cannot yet identify, was driving on the highway when he lost control of his 1996 Toyota Camry. “He struck the concrete (center highway) barrier in front of the () firehouse and the car rolled over,” Deickmann added. “The road was wet from the rain and, other than a light mist, visibility was relatively clear. We don’t believe those conditions were a factor at this time.”

Emergency responders worked on extricating the victim for about 20 minutes, Deickmann added. Once freed they found that he had sustained severe injuries. He was then transported to Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, where he was pronounced dead.

The Monmouth County medical examiner will conduct a toxicology screening, “which is standard for a fatal accident,” Deickmann said. Police did not say whether or not they believed speeding and/or drugs/alcohol were factors.

The accident is being investigated by Cpl. Cliff O’Hara, who is being assisted by patrolmen Darrin Simon and Nick Caprio.

The stretch of Route 36 that was closed between Church and Main was reopened at about 2 p.m.

Responding to the scene were: the Leonardo, Fairview and Middletown first-aid squads, Belford Independent and fire companies, Middletown Emergency Services field-com unit, Middletown Fire Police and the NJ-DOT emergency response team. 

Anyone with information related to the crash is asked to contact officers at the at 732-615-2045.

Daniel McCabe January 19, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Hard to believe no I.D. in 48 hrs.
mary ann May 03, 2012 at 01:38 AM
This man was my partner,and had health problems. He was idenified as soon as he was removed from car. Police came to our home,and stayed with me till family arrived.Patrolman Simon was very compassionate,this a hard job to do.Im still in shock,it,s been nearly 4months,&I miss him every day.My heart is broken.God Bless my big guy Mark,he was a good man,&took care of me.Especially after I had a terrible accident,he took care of me with loving care.And then this happened.Mary Ann
mary ann May 03, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Why would you think that?The paper said unknown,when did you learn of his idenity? Plz. id like to know,I still haven,t seen pic of car,but Im ready to see it. Thanks,Mary Ann
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 01:57 AM
So sorry, Mary Ann. If you'd like to reach out to me, I'd be happy to do a story on him. So sorry for your loss, again.
mary ann May 03, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I thank the police officers,&special thanks to Patrolman Simon,as well all the individuals who responded to this fatality. Miss him everyday,and my heart hurts,how come no drivers going the opposite way alerted police?He might be alive today,if those drivers called 911,something to think about.Mary Ann
mary ann May 03, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Thank you.I noticed you like the SEALS,well my nephew Michael was a SEAL,graduated honor man in SEAL training.Sadly,he was killed in Kubal,SEAL TEAM 10.OPERATION REDWING in June,2005.There is a book written LONE SURVIVER about this horror,Mike was 30 when they blew up the chopper.I thank you again.Mary Ann
mary ann May 03, 2012 at 02:54 AM
And yes,your offer to do a story about Mark,I might like that one day soon.Now Im still to broken up about this terrible loss.But please,keep in touch.Mary Ann

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