Bound Brook Resident Killed in Route 22 Collision

The two-car accident occurred on Route 22 West early Thursday morning.

A Bound Brook resident was killed in a two-car motor vehicle accident on Route 22 West Thursday morning that shut down one lane for about four hours, according to a release from the Bridgewater Township Police Department.

Esperanza Guardado, 45, was a passenger in one of the vehicles, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Manville resident Silvia Marin was driving her Honda Civic on Route 22 West in the area of North Adamsville Road when she lost control of her vehicle for unknown reasons and struck a Nissan being driven by Hasmukh Talsania, of Jersey City.

Both vehicles left the roadway into the left shoulder, police said, and the Honda struck a tree.

Guardado was a passenger in the Honda, and was pronounced dead at 6:57 a.m.

Talsania and his wife, Minaxiben—who was a passenger in the Nissan—were transported to Somerset Medical Center.

Also taken from the scene were Katia Barrantes, of Bound Brook, who was transported by Medevac helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital with serious injuries; and 18-year-old Oscar Marin, of Manville, who also was transported to Robert Wood Johnson.

A third passenger, police said, was also transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. She is not being identified, police said, pending notification to her family.

The left lane of Route 22 West in the vicinity of the Bridgewater Diner was shut down for about four hours while the investigation into the accident continued.

In addition to Bridgewater police, at the scene were the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team, NJ State Police, NJ State DOT, Green Knoll Fire Department, Green Knoll Rescue Squad, Somerset Medical Center Rescue Squad and Somerset Medical Center Paramedics, North Branch Fire Department and the Martinsville Rescue Squad.

The crash is still being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau and Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Collision, Analysis, Reconstruction Team.

Any witnesses to the accident are being asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer Jason Daunton at 908-722-4111, ext. 4174.

Jim February 28, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Since Green Knoll and North Branch fire dept.'s did most of the work. It would be nice to recognize the great extrication job that they did.
sal barone February 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM
sal barone February 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM
What a shame.
Mike February 28, 2013 at 10:43 PM
All in a blink. SMH
Carolyn Gioia February 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM
And Bridgewater Patch just posted a story minutes earlier that that spot on 22 is considered the most dangerous road in all of Somerset County.
mary March 01, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Carolyn, That article was specifically about pedestrians walking on Rt. 22 and not about car accidents. I think that everyone can agree that pedestrians never belong on Rt. 22.
Daryl Anne March 01, 2013 at 12:41 AM
In a tradegy like that it is pretty shallow for people to be tallying who did more work and who helped more. Its really not a time to be looking for pats on the back . A life was lost
Edward P. Campbell March 01, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Here’s another question. This 17 year old unlicensed driver killed a 61 year old, when he drifted over his lane and into hers before Christmas last year. http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2012/12/franklin_township_woman_dies_i.html But as of today, and I’m sure tomorrow too, No Charges have been filed against him. Could it be because daddy is a big shot lawyer, living in a million dollar house in Montgomery? Kid’s in the Montgomery high school are now saying, no need to worry about killing someone if your daddy is rich and a lawyer. Time for the press to put some pressure on this case! This is inexcusable! go get them Patch!
Estela Pierson March 01, 2013 at 01:46 AM
The girl who died int hat accident was one if my best friends and I think it's just tragic
sal barone March 01, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Could'nt have said it better myself.. I never understood that. I just went back to read that. Isn't North Branch by the college? The article says it was 22 near Adamsville Road, wouldnt Somerville or Finderne have been closer? I think Finderne fire co has a crash truck thing and they are right there. Seems a little far for a situation like that. God bless the deceased and injured people.. That highway is scary..
Mike March 01, 2013 at 02:48 AM
There are a lot of changes coming to that stretch of Rt 22, though not sure when. I believe the U-turn at the diner (across from Fudd's) will be closed. One has to note that the design of that whole stretch of Rt 22 is relatively unchanged in decades. I'll never forget traveling eastbound, going under I-287, and seeing a car coming straight at me!
Plodhi131 March 01, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I agree. Three days ago a guy in a pickup truck pulled out of the diner right in front of me and I had to hit my brakes and swerve into the right lane so I didn't crash right into him. People have no patience pulling out of those lots.
anoyous March 01, 2013 at 02:21 PM
who the hell cares how much work the green knoll and north branch did that's their JOB...what about the victims here.
Mike Umbris March 01, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Not sure this is anyway to get Green Knoll FD's donations back to pre T-Mobile cell tower levels. You guys just need to apologize to your neighbors and I will start writing checks again.
kaixin March 01, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Rt 22 is a really scary road. There must be some changes done on the road as soon as possible. I was dring on the raod for around 3 years, and I saw many accidents. Thanks God, now I am away from it.
Steven Markowitz DDS March 02, 2013 at 03:20 AM
The Good Guy March 04, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Route 22 is a dangerous road based on the way it is designed, but it is the drivers who cause the accidents, not the roads. And it has to do with one simple thing: Disrespect for your fellow human beings. Once you're wrapped in that metal cocoon, you feel invincible. Oh well, we have until 2080 until the next meteor hits. That will give the earth a nice clean slate to start over again. Esperanza Guardado - Rest in peace.
Steven T. Cornella Sr March 04, 2013 at 06:27 PM
@ Daryl ..............Thank you for you compassion,and well deserved point ..Most people don't care or sympathize in the lost of Life unless their directly involve in the lost .......Such a Shame ....God Bless you ..


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