16-Year-Old Allentown High School Student Suffers Fatal Injuries After Being Struck By Car While Jogging

February 17, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Sgt. Philip Curry of the New Jersey State Police Public Information Unit stated that a crash occurred at 7:46 a.m. on County Route 539 northbound at mile post 37.72 in Upper Freehold Twp. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Kia Soul was traveling north on CR-539 when it struck a 16-year-old pedestrian. After impacting the pedestrian, the Kia crossed the center line and traveled up a grass embankment. As a result of the crash the pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Letter sent to Staff, Parents, and Students this afternoon from Mark Guterl Superintendent of Schools:

February 17, 2023

Dear UFRSD Family,

It is with great sadness that I must inform you about the tragic loss of one of our students. This morning we learned that a student from Allentown High School was struck by a car while jogging. Having gone through the UFRSD school system, this passing has deeply impacted our entire school community. 

The UFRSD staff at each of our schools was informed of the student’s passing during the school day. Counseling support services were and continue to be available. Members of our Crisis Team have been working with our counselors and other staff members to help students and staff deal with this difficult news.

We encourage and invite any student or staff member who needs support during this difficult time to come to Allentown High School tomorrow, Saturday, February 18 between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. where our school counselors will be available for support. 

Please realize that reactions to death are varied and can depend upon such factors as age, personality, previous losses, and relationship to the victim.  If you feel your child has been affected by this situation, you can assist your child by doing the following:

  • Take time to listen to and talk with your child about what has happened.
  • Reassure your child that you will be available to help them through this difficult time.
  • Help your child verbalize some of the feelings they might be feeling but are unable to express.
  • Reassure your child that you will do all you can to keep them safe.  Providing specific examples may help to reduce some of the fear and anxiety.
  • Discuss some of the things you and your child might do to express your concern for the family.   

As it is a long weekend, don’t hesitate to reach out at any time if you are in need of support in any way.

Mark Guterl
Superintendent of Schools