Woman, 29, killed in head-on crash after drifting into oncoming traffic, police say
Updated on June 23, 2017 at 3:32 PM Posted on June 23, 2017 at 3:24 PM
By Bill Gallo Jr.
PENNSVILLE TWP. -- Authorities have identified the woman killed in a head-on crash Thursday night in Salem County.
Lisa Y. Coleman, 29, of Penns Grove died in the two-vehicle accident on North Hook Road near Lee Avenue, according to Pennsville Chief of Police Allen J. Cummings.
Coleman was driving a white Chrysler 2000 northbound on North Hook Road around 8:55 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a black Ford Explorer, Cummings said Friday.
After hitting the Explorer, Coleman's Chrysler spun off the road and struck the concrete base of a sign on the closed Sidelines Bar property.
She was the lone occupant of the vehicle.
Coleman, who was trapped in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:18 p.m., according to the chief.
The Explorer was driven by Tracy A. Leps, 47, of Deepwater. In the vehicle with her were two passengers, Elizabeth Murray, 58, of Carneys Point and a 1-year-old boy.
Leps and Murray were not injured, Cummings said. The boy was taken to The Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Mannington Township as a precaution to be checked out.
The chief said Leps said she tried to avoid the Chrysler which had crossed into her lane.
The Pennsville Police Department is being assisted in the crash investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the Salem County Prosecutor's Office.
Cummings said what caused Coleman to drift into the oncoming lane of traffic remains under investigation. Typically, the drifters either are drunk or are texting or they are on drugs.
PENNSVILLE TWP., NJ -- One woman was killed in a head-on crash Thursday night, police said.
According to Pennsville Police Lt. Kirk Cooksey, the accident took place on North Hook Road near Lee Avenue around 9 p.m. and involved two vehicles.
When the vehicles collided, one remained in the roadway and the other veered off North Hook Road and struck the base of a sign in front of a business.
The lone occupant of that vehicle, a woman, was pronounced dead at the scene, Cooksey said.
In the other vehicle were two adults and a child. The child was taken to an area hospital for evaluation, but the two adults were not injured, Cooksey said.
Salem County Fire Police were requested to shut down the area around the accident scene for the investigation to be completed.
There was no immediate word on the identity of the woman killed or what caused the crash, according to Cooksey.