The Lakewood Police Department released the following statement to LNN detailing the events of this morning’s tragic fatal accident on Route 9 in Lakewood.
Just after 8am this morning, Officers responded to the intersection of Madison Ave and Courtney Rd for a major motor vehicle crash. Investigating Officers from the Lakewood Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, assisted by the Ocean County Prosecutors Office and Sheriffs Department, determined that a 2012 Infinity G37 operated by 23 year old Alejandro Huerta Arias of Lakewood was traveling north on Route 9 when a 2008 Chevy Impala was attempting to make a left hand turn on to Courtney Road.
The Impala, operated by 32 year old Mark Mandel, also of Lakewood, turned in front of Mr. Hueta Arias. As a result the two collided causing Huerta Arias’ vehicle to strike and disable a nearby traffic signal. Due to significant damage, Heurta Arias was unable to exit his vehicle and was subsequently extricated by Lakewood Fire Department and EMS personnel.
Once removed, he was treated on scene for a leg fracture. He was then transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.
Although life saving measure were attempt by on scene personnel, Mr. Mandel unfortunately succumbed to his injuries while still on scene just before 8:30am.