The passenger in a vehicle involved in a Nov. 24 crash on Cherry Quay Road died early Tuesday morning at a local hospital, officials said.
Brick resident Steven M. Wilson, 21, was a passenger in the 2009 Infiniti G37 being driven by Waleed M. Emara, 23, who died at Jersey University Medical Center, Neptune, the day after the accident. Wilson died just after 2 a.m. Tuesday at the same hospital.
Wilson had been listed in critical condition there since the accident occurred, officials said.
Though the investigation into the crash is continuing, Brick Police Sgt. David Bedrosian said Tuesday that excessive speed and the fact that the occupants of the vehicle were not wearing seat belts "played a significant factor in the extent of their injuries."
An investigation has showed that, after negotiating a curved portion of the roadway, the Infiniti crossed the double-yellow line and continued north in the southbound lane of travel.
In the area of 304 Cherry Quay Road, the driver lost control and subsequently left the roadway, striking a utility pole located on the west side. The vehicle then rolled several times before striking a parked pickup truck.
Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle and thrown approximately 25 feet north, Bedrosian said.
Witnesses told police they saw the Inifiniti pass them on the opposite side of the road at a high rate of speed. When they caught up to the Infiniti, it had already crashed. The witnesses rendered aid to the victims and called the police, Bedrosian said.
Officer Jay Lampiasi and Bedrosian, of the police department’s Traffic Safety Unit, are continuing the investigation into the contributing factors of the crash. Anyone with information surrounding the crash is being asked to contact the unit at 732-262-1140.
"This tragic double-fatal crash brings the total number of fatalities in the township this year to six," said Bedrosian. "The number of fatalities this year has doubled from last year’s total of three in 2011."
With the holiday season fast approaching, drivers are reminded to be cautious when traveling the roadways, Bedrosian said, reminding drivers to buckle their safety belts.
The Brick Township Police Department will be adding supplemental holiday patrols over the coming weeks to enforce all serious traffic violations, Bedrosian said.