Girl, 17, critical after car crashes into tree in Whiting

A 17-year-old girl was in critical condition after the car she was driving slammed into a tree in the township’s Whiting section, police said Saturday.
Authorities responded to the wreck around 10:50 p.m. Friday on Route 530, near St. John Place, where they discovered a Nissan Altima had hit a tree head-on, off the eastbound side, Capt. Todd Malland said in a statement.
The Nissan was traveling westbound on Route 530 when it drifted over the center line, continued to the eastbound shoulder, off the road and hit the tree, police said, citing a witness and the ongoing investigation.
"The initial investigation suggests that the driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, may have fallen asleep before leaving the roadway and crashing into a tree," Malland added.
The girl, a Manchester resident, was flown by medical helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, according to police. She was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Officer Michael Anderson of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit was investigating the wreck.
– Noah Cohen