Toms River police have identified the driver killed in a head-on crash on Whitesville Road Thursday morning as 60-year-old Michael Gormley of Lanoka Harbor.

Photo from Toms River police

Gormley was traveling north on Whitesville Road in a Chevy Malibu when 34-year-old Jack Kennedy of Jackson was heading in the opposite direction in a Nissan XTR and crossed over the center line and struck Gormley at Medjay Lane, according to Police Department spokesman Ralph Stocco.

Photo from Toms River Police

A third vehicle, a Kia traveling north behind Gormley tried to avoid the accident, but was unable to, Stocco said. That driver, 45-year-old Dawn Kavchok of Manchester was taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River with minor injuries.

Kennedy was being treated at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Pleasant Plains and Silverton Fire Companies responded in order to extricate the victims from their vehicles.  The injured were transported to area hospitals by Toms River and Silverton EMS Units.

The crash investigation is being led by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer Terry Warren.  He is being assisted by Ocean County Prosecutors Investigators Mike Proto and Brad Frank, according to Stocco. Also on the scene were members of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department C.S.I. Division.


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