Head on Collision Sends Driver to Trauma Center via Medevac Helicopter

January 25, 2023

Manchester Township NJ – On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at approximately 3:32 pm, officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of County Road 530 near the intersection of Lacey Road to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving two motor vehicles that crashed head on.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a Dodge Magnum in the eastbound lane of County Road 530 and a Toyota Rav4 off the roadway on the eastbound shoulder.  Both vehicles were observed to have extensive front-end damage concentrated on the driver side of the vehicles. The investigation revealed that the Dodge was traveling westbound on County Road 530 when it crossed over the center painted median into oncoming traffic.  At that time, the Toyota was traveling eastbound on County Road 530 and the front driver side of the Dodge impacted the front driver side of the Toyota.

The driver of the Dodge, identified as 25-year-old, Nicholas Briggs of Whiting, NJ, was uninjured from the crash but was transported to Community Medical Center for precautionary reasons due to the seriousness of the collision.  The driver of the Toyota, identified as 61-year-old, Jorie Sanzone of Forked River, NJ, was extricated from her vehicle by first responders and suffered possible internal injuries. She was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Hospital by Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health’s LifeFlight medevac helicopter where she is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

Assisting at the scene were EMTs and firefighters from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics, and firefighters from the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department.  The investigation into this crash is still on going, however, failure to maintain lane appears to be the primary contributing factor.  This crash is being investigated by Ptl. Michael O’Hara of the department’s Traffic Safety section.