3 Dead, 1 Critically Hurt in New Jersey Crash: Officials

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Chopper 4's initial reports from the scene of a fatal crash in Freehold, N.J. on August 19. Authorities have since announced three people died in the crash.

    Three people were killed and a fourth person was critically injured in a three-vehicle crash on a busy New Jersey road, authorities say.

    Prosecutors say a Volkswagen Jetta was going south on the Kosloski Road overpass at Route 33 Business in Freehold when it suddenly veered into the north lane and collided head-on into a Honda Pilot.

    The Pilot went airborne and landed on top of a Toyota Camry, according to Monmouth County first assistant prosecutor Marc LeMieux. 

    The 50-year-old man driving the Pilot, the 19-year-old man driving the Jetta and the 20-year-old woman riding in the Jetta all died in the crash, said LeMieux. 

    The 25-year-old driver of the Camry is in "extremely critical condition" with a massive head injury, according to LeMieux. 

    It's not clear why the Jetta traveled into the opposite lane on Kosloski Road, and investigators are trying to determine how fast the cars were going. 

    Locals say drivers fly down that stretch of Kosloski Road too fast.

    "They need to put dividers up, or somehow slow it down. But it's tough to slow it down without red lights," said one woman who lives in the area.

    "You have to pay attention every second you're behind that vehicle, because that vehicle can become a weapon at any point in time if you do not pay attention," LeMieux said in a news briefing Tuesday.

    The Monmouth County prosecutor's office is asking any witnesses to contact them at 732-522-8885.