MIDDLE TOWNSHIP - The two surviving victims from Thursday's crash have been released from the hospital.

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On April 24 an accident on an S-curve in the Green Creek section of Route 47 claimed the lives of Jeffrey Natale, 19, of Del Haven and N.J. Senior Corrections Officer Stephen Carsten, 29, of Millville. 

A 17-year-old female passenger in Natale's vehicle and a 66-year-old man in a third vehicle were hospitalized.

More than 30 motorists have died on the curvy two-lane highway in Cape May County since 1999 and there have been other fatalities in Cumberland County. By comparison, less than 20 people have died on the Garden State Parkway in Cape May County during that time.

Police said Carsten was traveling at a high rate of speed in his white Chevrolet Malibu. Carsten crossed a double-yellow line to pass a car as he traveled north approaching the S-curve at the Wildwood Water Works, police said.

Carsten, who died in the crash, may have tried to get back in his lane, according to one witness. The officer at Bayside State Prison sideswiped a red Ford Taurus driven by another state Department of Corrections officer, Sgt. James McDonnell, 66, of North Cape May. McDonnell was heading south and reportedly returning from his shift at Bayside State Prison.

After sideswiping McDonnell, police said Carsten remained in the wrong traffic lane and crashed head-on into the silver Infiniti driven by Natale.

Police said Natale and Carsten were killed on impact.

McDonnell and a 17-year-old female in Natale’s car were airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Division in Atlantic City.

McDonnell was released on Friday from ARMC City, according to Jennifer Tornetta a hospital spokeswoman.

Steve Hughes


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