Middletown Father and Son, 6, Killed in Holmdel Crash

Two-car accident on Van Schoick Road Sunday morning.

A Sunday morning car accident killed a Middletown man and his six-year-old son and left his daughter and two others seriously injured, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed.

First Assistant Prosecutor Marc LeMieux said the two-car crash on Van Schoick Road occurred at 10:09 a.m. A blue Subaru driven by George DiCostanzo, 38, of Middletown and a white Jeep Cherokee driven by John McCormack, 44, of Middletown.

DiCostanzo’s son, six-year-old Christopher, and daughter, four-year-old Pearl were also in the vehicle, LeMieux said. DiCostanzo was pronounced dead at the scene. Christopher DiCostanzo was transported to Riverview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:27 a.m. Pearl DiCostanzo was taken to Jersey Shore University but was expected to survive, according to LeMieux.

McCormack and his passenger, Stephanie Pavlicek, 38, of Middletown, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Holmdel police conducted an investigation at the scene along with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Serious Collision Accident Reconstruction Team. The mangled cars remained on the roadway through Sunday afternoon, with Middletown police redirecting traffic around Van Schoick Road accident scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the crash can contact Patrolman Joseph Van Pelt of the Holmdel Police Department at  732-946-4400 or Detective Tim Kerecman of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 732-431-7160 x7920. 

Funeral services have been announced by the John E. Day funeral home in Red Bank. See this article for information. 

Eross October 06, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Hi, you may want to contact the principal at Middletown village. The boy was a student there, as are my kids. The Pfa may be setting something up to help the family out. Karen zupancic is the principal. Such a terrible tragedy
Cara C. October 06, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I went to highschool with George, and he was a funny, spirited and popular kid. He was two years older than me, but I still remember him.
Cara C. October 06, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I went to highschool with George, and he was a nice and funny kid. When you comment, please remember that these are people, and that their friends and relatives are reading. Try this - only say something you would say if your own son/daughter/wife/sister/brother died.
lulu555 October 09, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Yes, and all should remember that the people in the other car are a son and daughter to parents, or a brother or sister, or an aunt or uncle, or a friend of someones, so finger pointing comments, name calling, and unproven accusations are just as harmful, especially when no facts or details of the cause of the accident have been released at all. Respect to all should be given unless people have the details of the investigation. The others in the Jeep are PEOPLE too. Wait for the FACTS before making accusations and speculating.
KS October 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM
It's been several weeks since this accident. Has the investigation been completed, and are the conclusions regarding the cause of the accident going to be reported to the public? Thank you.


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