Two killed, three injured in Easter morning crash

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SOUTH AMBOY – Police are investigating a fatal head-on collision in which two drivers were killed and three passengers were injured in a crash on Route 9 early Easter morning.

Miguel Mendoza-Chong, 31, of Perth Amboy, was killed when his vehicle was struck by a minivan driven by Percell Livingston Jr., 51, of East Orange, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Darren Lavigne of the South Amboy Police Department.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene following the crash, which occurred in the northbound lanes of Route 9 in South Amboy at 2:15 a.m. April 16, officials said.

The passengers riding with Mendoza-Chong were taken to area hospitals. A 38-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were listed in serious condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

The third victim, a 28-year-old woman, was treated at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy and was released, officials said.

The preliminary investigation determined that Livingston allegedly turned onto Route 9 north, but was heading the wrong way when he crashed his 2002 Nissan Quest into Mendoza-Chong’s vehicle, a 2011 Honda Odyssey, according to the statement.

The crash is being investigated by Officer Stephen Clarke of the South Amboy Police Department and Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Anyone with information should call Clarke at 732-721-0111 or Heck at 732-745-8843.