A Manahawkin man is charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain his lane stemming from an accident that occurred near Radio Road and Baltusrol Court in Little Egg Harbor Saturday evening, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced on Sunday.

Little Egg Harbor Police responded around 9:45 pm to a report of a two-vehicle crash with serious injuries.

Michael Pillarella, 26, of Manahawkin, was heading northbound in a 2017 Hyundai Elantra on Radio Road when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, crossed over the centerline, and struck an oncoming 2006 Toyota XB traveling southbound on Radio Road, according to a joint investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Little Egg Harbor Police Department.

The other vehicle, a Toyota XB, was operated by a juvenile with another juvenile in the passenger seat.

Both of them sustained serious injuries and were airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where they remain in critical condition.

Pillarella was injured as well and was airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Trauma Center in Atlantic City for treatment of his injuries from the crash.

Prosecutor Billhimer said that a search warrant was then obtained for a draw of Pillarella’s blood and laboratory results remain pending.

Pillarella was treated and released from the hospital and has been issued motor vehicle summonses for Reckless Driving and Failure to Maintain Lane.

“This matter remains under investigation, and additional charges may be forthcoming,” Prosecutor Billhimer said in a statement.


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