MANALAPAN — Two young adults sustained injuries when they were hit by a vehicle as they crossed Route 9 in Manalapan in the early morning hours of Nov. 19.
Manalapan police Capt. Michael Fountain reported that the young man and young woman involved in the accident are recovering.
According to police, the mishap happened at 3:25 in the morning of Nov. 19. The officers responded to Route 9 north in front of the Bagel World shopping plaza near Gordons Corner Road. The call reported that a vehicle struck two pedestrians.
An investigation established that a 2009 Nissan Versa traveling in the right lane of Route 9 north struck two pedestrians who were negotiating to cross the highway in a designated crosswalk.
The two pedestrians, with two friends and another man, had disembarked from an NJ Transit bus on the southbound shoulder of Route 9. They were crossing the southbound lanes of the highway and the center median before they were hit by the vehicle that was traveling north on Route 9.
Police stated that the two unharmed friends of the injured pedestrians tried to warn them of the approaching vehicle, but has no time to prevent the pair from being struck. According to witness statements, the pedestrians were crossing the highway against the pedestrian traffic signal.
The injured male pedestrian was identified as Stephen Kelly, 21 years and resident of Manalapan. He was hit by the front end of the vehicle. The impact hurled Kelly to crash through the windshield and hit the steering wheel where he was then thrown from the vehicle.
The injured female pedestrian was Ann Baez, 22, from Freehold She was hit by the driver’s side front quarter panel of the vehicle.
Kelly and Baez were immediately airlifted by the New Jersey State Police to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, for treatment of what police described as serious injuries.
The driver of the vehicle, Suayan Ligaya, age 70, resident of Freehold, sustained only minor injuries. Ligaya was transported to CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, for treatment. No charges are expected to be filed against the driver in this incident, according to police.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact Manalapan Patrolman Dennis O’Brien at 732-446-4300.
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