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mcpo shieldFREEHOLD – A fatal motor vehicle crash at Siloam and Old Turkey Swamp roads Friday morning took the life of a Jackson Township woman, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Debra Vattelana, 55, of Jackson, was pronounced deceased on July 6, 2018 at 9:42 a.m. as a result of a head-on collision Friday morning.

Freehold Township Police responded on July 6, 2018, at 8:54 a.m. to a report of a two-vehicle motor vehicle head-on collision. On scene they found Vattelana was ejected from her 2009 Nissan Altima traveling southbound on Siloam Road. An investigation revealed Vattelana was ejected from the vehicle after she attempted to negotiate the right hand curve, lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center line before colliding head-on with a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder traveling  northbound on Siloam Road. Vattelana sustained immediate life-threatening injuries and was transported to CentraState Medical Center, in Freehold Township, where she died.

Rada Shakov, 40, of Toms River, and the operator of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder was transported to CentraState Medical Center with moderate injuries. She was treated and released.

Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact Detective Kristian DeVito of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443.


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The joint investigation is being conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Freehold Township Police and the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART).


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