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Allentown Man Loses Wife and Dog in Fatal Car Accident in Manchester

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Posted on Mar 07, 2013

A 70-year-old man who lost his wife in a fatal car accident on Route 539 suffered the loss of the family pet hours later.

According to police reports, Karen Olsen and Robert S. Olsen were riding northbound in their Jeep Liberty with their dog when the car veered off the roadway near Roosevelt Boulevard in Manchester shortly before 11 a.m. on February 18.

Police Capt. Lisa Parker said that the Jeep struck a utility pole and overturned, finally coming to rest after hitting a tree in the Whiting section of the township.

The couple, both of Allentown, were extricated from the vehicle by emergency responders, Parker's statement said. Both victims were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Robert, who had been driving the vehicle, suffered chest injuries and was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by MONOC Medevac where he was listed in stable condition.

70-year-old Karen Olsen was transported by Quality Medical Transport to Community Medical Center in Toms River, but was later airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of severe head trauma. She succumbed to her injuries hours later, Parker said.

The couple's dog, which had suffered severe leg and back injuries, was taken to the Ocean County Veterinarian by Manchester Animal Control. The injuries were so severe that the pet had to be euthanized.

The Whiting Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene, along with the Ocean County Criminalistic Investigation Unit and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

The accident remains under investigation by Patrolmen Ian Bole and Doug Higgins of the Traffic Safety section.

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