Police revise story in South Amboy crash that 2 killed, 3 injured

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Darren Lavigne of the South Amboy Police Department said authorities have developed new information during an investigation into a fatal head-on collision in which two drivers were killed and three passengers were injured in a crash on Route 9 in South Amboy.

After reviewing evidence acquired during the investigation, it has been determined that Miguel Mendoza-Chong, 31, of Perth Amboy, and not Percell Livingston Jr., 51 of East Orange, was driving the wrong way on Route 9 north when their minivans crashed head on in South Amboy.

The account of the collision was revised during the continuing investigation, which included information obtained from additional witnesses and video.

The video and the witness statements are part of the investigation and are not being released at this time.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene following the crash which occurred in the northbound lanes of Route 9 at 2:15 a.m. on April 16, 2017.

The three passengers riding with Mendoza-Chong were taken to area hospitals. A 38-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick. The third victim, a 28-year-old woman, was treated at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy Division.

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.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Clarke of the South Amboy Police Department at (732) 721-0111, or Detective Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-8842.


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