UPDATE: Second Fatality Confirmed in Monday Route 37 Crash

Other injuries also reported in three-vehicle crash

A Monday afternoon Route 37 crash has claimed another life, Toms River police said Tuesday. 

Carl Johnson, 48, of Lake Como has died as a result of the 1:30 p.m. three-vehicle crash Monday just west of Saint Catherine Boulevard, Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy said Tuesday. 

Johnson was transported to Community Medical Center after the crash, which also took the life of Gary Miller, 58, of Toms River. The incident marks the second fatal crash in the township this year, the chief said. 

Miller was driving a 1989 Chevy van eastbound in the center lane when his vehicle struck a Ford Explorer operated by Catherine Davis, 40, from Lacey, Mastronardy said. 

The Explorer originally struck by Miller then collided with a Honda CRV driven by Shirley Good, 75, of Manchester, Mastronardy said.

The Chevy then left the roadway and struck some shrubbery. Miller was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where he later was pronounced dead, Mastronardy said.

Davis, Good and Good's passenger, Jimmy Crouch, 82, Manchester were all transported to Community Medical Center where they were treated and released, according to Mastronardy. 

Johnson was originally reported by police to be from Berkeley Township, but Mastronardy on Tuesday said he is from Lake Como. 

Toms River Traffic Safety Officer Robert Westfall is investigating the crash, along with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and county Sheriff's Department, Mastronardy said. 

TOB April 03, 2013 at 01:37 PM
sad to hear to many horrible crashes lately.
coleen leavy April 03, 2013 at 04:30 PM
He was a friend a mentore and so much more. We will miss our friend Carl go with God...We love you !!
Reed April 03, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Ocean County leads NJ in crash deaths in 2013 following spate of fatalities Leading N.J. so far in 2013 Apr. 3, 2013 11:45 AM | In less than 48 hours, two crashes killed four people on roads in Ocean County and increased the number of county traffic fatalities by more than one-third to 17, according to state statistics. That number is twice what it was at this time last year and leads all counties in the state this year.
Mike B April 07, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Im so sorry to hear this news and Im sorry for your loss. I may of known your father in high school. Did he wrestle at Toms River N around '71-72? May God be with you and your family at this time. Mike B.
Pro Line April 07, 2013 at 09:32 PM
David, woman come with too much drama. Prayers to the family.


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