On Monday, July 17, 2023, at approximately 11:13 pm, members of the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the intersection of Commonwealth Blvd, and Northampton Blvd for the report of a two vehicle crash.
Upon arrival, officers observed a maroon 2009 Honda Accord, and a grey 2012 Hyundai accent with heavy front-end damage. The driver of the Hyundai, 28-year-old James Natoli of Toms River, NJ suffered an apparent head injury, and was actively seizing. First responders, aided by local Pine Lake Park residents, were able to stabilize Mr. Natoli. He was later airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center via medevac helicopter. The driver of the Honda, 50-year-old, Thurrayya Pendleton of Forked River, NJ, sustained a non-life threatening chest injury. Ms. Pendleton was subsequently transported via ground to Ocean University Medical Center for treatment. Both drivers appeared to have been wearing their seatbelts, and remain stable at this time.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Manchester, and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Technicians from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, Robert Wood John University Hospital Paramedics, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital LifeFlight Medevac Helicopter. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing, but at this point, a medical episode appears to be the main contributing factor. This crash is being investigated by Ptl. Keith Douglas of the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Unit.