Route 138 Accident Closes Roadway After Passenger Ejected From Car

Accident near Allenwood Road

A two-vehicle accident shuttered Route 138 for three hours Sunday after a passenger was ejected from a vehicle in the crash.

Wall Police Sgt. Chad Clark said the accident at 4:38 p.m. Sunday at Route 138 and Allenwood Road involved two vehicles: a Chevy Blazer and Toyota FJ Cruiser traveling in the east bound lane of Route 138.

John Lecorchick, 40 of Howell was driving the Blazer when he collided with Daniel C. Alpaugh, 58 of Spring Lake Heights. The Toyota FJ Cruiser was also occupied by Patricia Romano, 56 of Spring Lake Heights.

The collision caused Lecorchick's Blazer to overturn, ejecting Lecorchick, said Clark.

He was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune by Wall Township First Aid Squad and MONOC Paramedics with serious injuries.  Alpaugh and Romano were also transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center with minor injuries.

State Hwy 138 east was shut down for approximately 3 ½ hours and traffic was diverted with the assistance of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Emergency Response Unit. 

The collision is currently under investigation by the Wall Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Unit. 

If anyone witnessed the collision they are asked to contact Sergeant Chad Clark or Patrolman Miles Shanklin of the Wall Township Police Department at (732) 449-4500

Dame Bridgid April 23, 2013 at 03:15 AM
How did he get ejected from the car? Wasn't this gentleman wearing a seatbelt? Wearing one is the law for a very good reason. I hope he will be able to heal completely. My child was a defiant toddler who climbed from the car seat & refused to get back in. I pulled over, & we sat by the side of the road until that stubborn child buckled in. I refused to turn the engine back on until my child obeyed the law. 5 years ago; I got a late night call from the ER. After hydroplaning in a sudden downburst; my twenty something student went off the road into a ditch, but was able to keep the Jeep upright. The seatbelt kept my kid from being ejected, & crushed by the vehicle. The only injuries were deep black bruises along the seatbelt lines, & 2 black eyes from a concussion caused by being shaken like a rag doll as it bounced violently before coming to a stop. Please, wear seatbelts. Keep safe, & arrive alive. I am sure there are people who care for you too, as much as I love my child.
Laurie April 24, 2013 at 05:18 PM
RIP John..you and your family are in my prayers. you will be missed..
MOTwo April 29, 2013 at 09:52 AM
I love when people make assumptions yet know nothing of the facts. Seatbelts do not always keep the occupant inside a vehicle in an accident. It's always safer to wear a seatbelt than not but until you know this man wasn't wearing one, why not keep quiet.
Dame Bridgid April 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM
This is a perfectly logical discussion that normally occurs when what appears to have been a survivable accident turns fatal. When people are ejected from a vehicle, 99.99999% of the time it IS caused by lack of a sea belt. People who are unsecured are flung about within their vehicle. This leads to loss of control with a much higher rate of rollover & ejection. Sadly; their own vehicle often inflicts their injuries, when they are crushed beneath it. I feel pity & deep sympathy for this man's friends & family. Losing someone in this way is doubly hard. Think. The Blazer was the larger vehicle involved in the collision. It is a full size SUV, the Cruiser is in a much lighter weight category. There would have been other severe injuries if this accident had been bad enough to cause him to be ejected while wearing his seatbelt. All of the other people involved had only minor injuries. Please read the article more carefully... I would suggest that you do so at the library, MomOf2. There; it would be acceptable for you to shush us, on here, you are simply being rude.
Dame Bridgid April 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM
My sincere sympathy & prayers go out to them.


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