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Driver killed, wife critically hurt when SUV hits pole, tree

July 17, 2019

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A single-vehicle crash in southern New Jersey has left a man dead and his wife critically injured.

Franklin Township police say Jorge Cervantes was driving an SUV southbound on Main Road when the vehicle entered the northbound lane around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and went off the roadway. The SUV then struck a utility pole and a large tree before coming to a stop.

The 26-year-old Williamstown man and his 24-year-old wife, Mary Ortiz, both suffered severe head injuries and were flown to a hospital. Cervantes was pronounced dead there a short time later, while Ortiz remained hospitalized Wednesday in critical but stable condition.

Another passenger in the SUV, 27-year-old Emmanuel Ortiz-Rosas of Williamstown, was treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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