Crystal Vernon, 34 of Hazlet, was struck by a vehicle and killed on Monday night as she attempted to cross the highway at the marked intersection at Laurel Ave, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Vernon was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:39 p.m.
Margaret Holtz, 67, of North Middletown, was the driver of the 2004 Ford Freestar van that struck the Hazlet woman. An 85 year old man was a passenger in the vehicle. Neither Holtz or he passenger were injured.
The crash remains under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Fatal Accident Unit, Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART), and Hazlet Police Department.
Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information to assist the investigative team is urged to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Agent Reginald Grant, at 800-533-7443 or Hazlet Police Department, Detective Ryan McAndrews at 732-264-6565.