Wrong-Way Driver Dies In Multi-Vehicle Crash on Garden State Parkway

Another driver is in critical condition.

A multi-vehicle accident caused the death of one person and seriously injured another near Exit 114 on the Garden State Parkway southbound express in Middletown on Saturday afternoon, according to 511nj.org.

Leonard Danduone, 80, of New Providence, was driving northbound in the southbound express lane when he hit a car head-on, causing a large crash with four vehicles involved, according to New Jersey State Police Sgt. Brian Polite. Polite said Danduone, who was driving a white sedan, was taken to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and pronounced dead.

The driver he struck head on, Michael Aberback, 37, of Morristown, is in critical condition at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Polite said. Aberback was driving a grey Hyundai.

Polite said other injuries were reported and treated at the scene.

The accident occurred at 1:54 p.m. at mile marker 113, and caused the closure of all three southbound express lanes.

Polite said all three lanes are open, as of 5:10 p.m.

Middletown EMS Assitant Public Information Officer Beth Edwards said the Leonardo, Fairview, Port Monmouth and Lincroft First Aid Squads assisted on the scene. Middletown Fire Company Section 10 and multiple chiefs also responded.

Polite said the accident is still under investigation.

Willa Dios April 25, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Jack, maybe everyone should be tested to see if they are able to drive safely and to think ... results would, most likely, be very surprising, me thinks.
Willa Dios April 25, 2013 at 06:02 PM
To the moderators ... a humble suggestion: An edit option on this page would be really nice. You know, something that gives us a sixty second window to fix typos, etc. Just sayin' ...
Kim April 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I was stopped between exit 113 and 114. My friend and I were stuck in that traffic for 2 hours. I feel bad for those people who were involved in that crash. My heart goes out to their families. It's sad because the 80 year old guy that died was from my town. I just thank god that he was watching over me that day. If we left my house a minute earlier we could have been one of those people in the 4 car crash. Please drive safe everyone!
Steven Herman May 01, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Since everyone has a small chance of being in an accident, we really need the computerized driven car to be the standard on the road and one day when bobby b is 65, it will be the standard.
Dame Bridgid May 01, 2013 at 05:01 PM
This might possibly become a reality in the larger or very affluent cities, Steven. It would be hard to bring this highly expensive type of technology to sparsely populated areas, or those lacking resources. Computer driven cars require a special road, with sensors built into it, for the autopilot to function. That still leaves the driver in charge otherwise. For example; my sister in law lives in a very small town. When our family visited them in 2000, the population went up 5%. The town only has a total of 4 stop signs. The food co-op is their only store. According to The National League of Cities; over 90% of municipal governments have populations under 25,000. The US covers a vast landmass area. Smaller population dense places, like Europe, would be more likely to implement this on a wide scale than we would. It IS a wonderful idea(sigh) that I agree would eliminate a lot of accidents from bad driver's of all ages. However; bobby b is much more likely to be mooching rides, or paying for a taxi cab after his relatives confiscate his keys, rather than riding in a computerized car.


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