Whiting woman succumbs to injuries following head-on collision Monday
A Whiting woman dies from injuries sustained shortly after a head on collision in Manchester Township around noon on Monday.
Police say 81-year old Gerda Kretschmer veered across the center line in her red Toyota Echo while heading east on Route 70 near mile-marker 41 in the Whiting section, then onto the westbound shoulder, swerved and couldn't avoid colliding with a driver from Brick Township.
Kretschmer's car air bags fully deployed and her car sustained significant damage.
She was extricated from her car by members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company and transported to Community Medical Center where she passed away.
James Canfield, 49, who drove a silver Toyota Sienna mini-van heading westbound sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries to his chest and one of his shoulders and was treated at Community Medical Center.
His car also sustained significant damage.
The roadway was partially closed for several hours while emergency crews conducted their investigation and helped the injured before clearing the scene.
The crash remains under investigation by Patrolman Ian Bole of the department's Traffic Safety Unit.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, EMTs from Quality Medical Transport, paramedics from MONOC and detectives from the Ocean County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit.
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