Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on March 29, 2022, at approximately 7:15 a.m., Officers from the Manchester Township Police Department were summoned to the area of Whitesville Road and Route 571 for a report of a motor vehicle crash with a fatality. Responding Officers determined that four vehicles were involved in the crash.
An investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Manchester Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, revealed that a 2018 Honda Civic operated by Danielle Bowker, 30, of Toms River, was traveling westbound on Route 571 when she failed to maintain her lane of travel while negotiating a right-hand curve. The Honda Civic then struck a New Jersey Department of Transportation Ford F-550 pickup truck operated by Eduardo Rivera, 30, of Hamilton Township, which was traveling eastbound on Route 571; Daniel Septor, 26, of the Cream Ridge section of Upper Freehold Township, was a passenger in the Ford F-550. As a consequence, the Ford F-550 lost directional control and struck a 2012 Toyota Camry operated by Michael Sadis, 48, of Toms River, pushing the Camry off the roadway into an embankment. The Ford F-550 continued in the same direction of travel, and struck a 2015 Toyota Corolla operated by Paul Lambert, 58, of Toms River.
As a result of the crash, Ms. Bowker, Mr. Rivera, and Mr. Septor were transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for treatment of minor injuries. Mr. Lambert was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, and is presently listed in critical condition. Mr. Sadis was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The motor vehicle crash remains under investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Manchester Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit.