Authorities ID Man Killed in Route 36 Crash in Middleton Twp.; NY Driver Charged

FREEHOLD – An Atlantic Highlands man is identified as the victim of a fatal motor vehicle crash early Saturday, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Police say, on June 16th at approximately 12:46 a.m. Mr. Michael Gustafson, 66, of Atlantic Highlands, died in the Emergency Department of Riverview Medical Center, in Red Bank, following a motor vehicle crash along Route 36 East, west of Linden Avenue in Middletown Township.

According to police Gustafson was the sole occupant of his 2007 Honda Fit traveling in the eastbound lanes of Route 36 East when the vehicle neared the Linden Avenue intersection and collided with a 2015 Jeep Cherokee operated by Anthony F. Sarlo, 62, of 74th Street in Brooklyn, New York. Sarlo was the sole occupant of that vehicle as it traveled westbound in the eastbound lanes of the roadway.

Following the crash, EMS rushed Gustafson to Riverview Medical Center where doctors pronounced him dead at 1:44 a.m.

Police say Sarlo was also transported to Riverview Medical Center for evaluation and was released.

Police issued Sarlo motor vehicle summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Open Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Misuse of a Divided Highway (Wrong Way).

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call Sergeant Cliff O’Hara, of the Middletown Township Police Department at 732-615-2100 or Agent Reginald Grant of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443.

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