Crash kills one on Rt. 27

BY CHRIS GAETANO Staff Writer

Police reported that a fatal car crash occurred on Route 27 in Edison on Nov. 6.

According to Lt. Joseph Shannon, Edison police public information officer, 80- year-old township resident Donald Davis was driving a 2003 four-door Pontiac on Route 27 northbound at approximately 6:26 a.m. When Davis reached the intersection at Sycamore Avenue, near the McDonald’s, he suddenly veered over the double yellow line and onto the highway’s southbound side, according to the police report.

At the same time, Jersey City resident Filomena Heredia, 22, driving a 1999 Honda CRV, was driving south on Route 27 toward the Sycamore Avenue intersection.

When David swerved onto the other side of the road, the two cars collided, police said.

Heredia told police that immediately after the crash, she saw that Davis was “totally unresponsive.” Officers arrived at the scene and found that he had no pulse. Cardiopulmonary resusciation and other lifesaving measures were started before Davis was sent to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where was pronounced dead at 6:52 a.m.

Shannon said the crash is still under investigation, but that the preliminary findings have led authorities to believe that the crash may have been caused by Davis having suffered a sudden “cardiac event” while driving.

“It’s very unfortunate,” said Shannon.

No summonses have been issued, and Heredia was not hurt in the crash.

Contact Chris Gaetano at sentnorth@gmnews.com.