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1 killed, 2 injured after Jeep hits deer, crashes into car in Sussex County

FREDON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – One person was killed and two others were injured after a Jeep hit a deer and then crashed into a car in Sussex County, according to New Jersey State Police spokesperson Trooper Charles Marchan.

The crash happened at around 10:27 p.m. on Route 94 north at milepost 15.1 in Fredon Township, Marchan said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that a Jeep Wrangler, operated by Jesse Manno, 33, of Branchville, was traveling south on Route 94 and a Honda Civic, operated by Alexander W. Schwenke, 18, of Johnsonburg, was traveling north on Route 94, Marchchan said.

The Jeep struck a deer and entered the northbound lanes and the front of the Jeep then struck the front of the Honda and a grass embankment, Marchan said.

Manno and Schwenke both suffered moderate injuries, Marchan said.

Zoey C. McClain, 19, of Knowlton Township, a passenger in Schwenke’s vehicle, suffered fatal injuries, Marchan said.

The crash remains under investigation, Marchan siad.

Jay Edwards

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