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Belvidere Man Dies, Two Injured in Route 46 Crash

Police say victim was not wearing his seat belt.

A 34-year-old Belvidere man was killed in a two-car accident on Route 46 in Budd Lake Thursday morning, while two others were taken to the hospital, according to Mount Olive police.

Christopher Connors was pronounced dead at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center after succumbing to injuries sustained in the crash, police said. 

Police said Connors was traveling eastbound on Route 46 near the intersection of Woodland Avenue shortly after 6 a.m. when the 2003 Honda Accord he was driving crossed from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane.

At that point, police said his car collided head-on with a 1997 Chevrolet van that was traveling westbound in the right lane. The force of the crash caused Connors' vehicle to leave the roadway and come to rest in the parking lot of George's Liquors, police said.

The van was driven by Robert Gascoigne, 58, of Denville, and his wife, Louise Gascoigne, 45, was in the passenger's seat, police said. Police said Louise Gascoigne was extricated from the van with the Jaws of Life and was transported by Atlantic Air-1 medical helicopter to Morrstown Medical Center for leg and hip injuries. Robert Gascoigne was transported to Morristown Medical Center for minor injuries. 

Police said CPR was started on Connors, who was transported by medical personnel to Hackettstown Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Police said that Connors was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Route 46 westbound was closed and diverted between Netcong Road and Woodland Avenue from 6:15 to 9 a.m. for the investigation, police said.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Morris County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Section assisted at the scene with the investigation, police said. Also assisting with the incident was the Budd Lake Fire Department, Budd Lake First Aid Squad, paramedics from St. Clare’s Health System, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Mount Olive Police Department at 973-691-0850. Police said the investigation is ongoing. 

Mike October 11, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Thank you Owen, you and your family will be in my prayers, my heart breaks for you all. 34 is just way too young. Please drive carefully everyone. God bless.
Rowan October 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM
As a Belvidere resident, I've seen Mr. Connors often. He once pulled a man out of a burning trailer and saved his life. It was the talk of the town for days. He will be missed greatly by his wife, kids, and many friends.
Sam Slobo October 12, 2012 at 02:35 AM
How would you know Hookerman ??? Does'nt seem you have time to leave the house with all the time you spend in front of your computer. Odd.
Liberty October 12, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Bad road. Really sorry for Mr. Connors' family. And I hope the Gascoignes have speedy recoveries. I always drive in the right-hand lane to avoid the on-coming traffic--it's scary, especially during rush hours. Pay attention, drivers!
rena October 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM
much appreciated
rena October 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM
agreed
rena October 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Chris.. you were a loving father and husband and a great friend to many.. You will be missed.. We'll see you on the other side.
Phyllis Gast October 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Well it goes to show you that you shouldn't post any comment before you get ALL of the facts! Shame on anyone who has written a negative post and came to a conclusion before you had all the facts! I am sure you must have posted on other articles before, and this is not the first one, so you know that they are always changing the article as the facts come in! This is what I have to say to all of you who choose to race to be the first to post your opinion: "If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all", "A mother and father loss a son, a sibling loss their brother, a wife has loss her husband and best friend, and children have loss their daddy" Isn't that enough sadness for you who have a opinion "before all the facts?" You can apologize for your words but this ACCIDENT can't come undone!!!
Hookerman October 12, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Come on Sam, a man dies in a horrible crash and you want to start a silly schoolyard spat. Try to have a little dignity.
Liberty October 12, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Other than the one comment that was deleted, the rest are respectful and just saying how dangerous that part of 46 is, especially when very busy. (And the word is "lost" not "loss.")
Mike October 12, 2012 at 02:47 PM
LOL Phyllis, why dont you stick to watching your soap operas on TV and leave them out of this thread. AS STATED, the INITIAL single line comment that sparked the replies here was made IMMEDIATLY after the initial article was posted, when it was NOTHING MORE than breaking news of a traffic accident in Mount Olive. That comment (regarding people not paying attention on the roadway) was deleted IMMEDIATLY upon finding out that there was a fatality, in order to avoid a misunderstanding (as I CERTAINLY would not want something to think I would ever be disrespectful to those that had lost a loved one). Also, YOU are the one that jumped to conclusions, with your statement that people should know that these articles are updated. Like myself, anyone who is NEW to this site and who just wanted to find out WHY they had been delayed on their commute to work would not have a clue. It was simply a traffic update at that time, with news of nothing more than an accident on Rt. 46. I did not apologize for my comment as NO disrespect was meant. I had thought that was pretty clear by now, as EVERYONE has been respectful in this thread since. It is ridiculous to me that you felt the need to get on your high horse and post that 24 hours later. Lets leave any further nonsense out of this thread so that friends and family of the deceases do not have to see it. Again, RIP to Chris and God bless his loved ones left behind. Thank you.
Owen October 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Well said Mike. She was a little late with that one!!!!!
Owen October 12, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Has anyone heard any information on the services for Chris as of yet? Thank you.
Diggy October 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
It's difficult for me to imagine that after the gazillions spent in public service advertising, police vigilance, etc. that people still don't wear their seat-belts (especially people with 4 children). Wouldn't you want to give your family every advantage should you be in a violent accident? Maybe this is one of those terrible life lessons learned here. . .
Paul Simoes October 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I worked with cris earlier this year., he was a very hard working man ., and sure he was a loving father ,husband and I'm honored to call him a friend.. RIP . I heart goes out to his wife and kids., world is at a loss . Love ya brotha , my you watch over us all.. Is anyone has info for his wake or ceremony please feel free to contact me . Fourplay311@gmail.com
Claire October 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM
My heart goes out to all families involved. I have lived in the area over 25 years, this stretch of Rt46 has always been dangerous. The state needs to allocate some money to provide safety measures. Everyone should contact state representatives to get the word out. Its only when taxpayers complain that something gets moved up on the list of things to fix. Lets make this a priority before any more lives are lost.
Lucretia G. October 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM
And we are all just ever so thankful.
mike October 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM
This is a true tragedy, I drive the devils highway everyday. From Netting to just past Wolfe Rd. It is a dangerous drive with no shoulders or median, there is no room for error. My prayers go out to the family and friends. I lost a very close friend a year ago on the same stretch of highway, too many accidents!!!!! We had proposed a concrete barrier on the yellow line to keep head on traffic from crossing the lines. We were told the local buisness would complain and would suffer a loss of customers. Maybe now they will consider this!!
Diggy October 13, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I also drive this stretch of Budd Lake roadway very often and have never had a problem. As for state mandated changes, medians, surface changes, etc. there are a just a few simple rules that will stop all of the accidents here: Slow down. Pay attention. Drive defensively. Everything else is superfluous. It's not the road it's the bad drivers! Somebody in this accident crossed the middle! Somebody was either flying, not paying attention or both. It didn't "just happen."
Diane Cahilll October 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
RIP Chris and my thoughts are with your family. Remember everyone not to judge who knows why he wasn't buckled. Sometimes things just get forgotten. Sad but true. This man saved another mans life just this year. Be kind and keep your opinions if they aren't kind to yourself.
Steve October 13, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sam Slobo: You sir, are a miserably pathetic attention whoah to be using THIS platform to stage a sophomoric, sarcastic attack... Knowing that Karma is a beach and that the world is round, I will just rest comfortably knowing that you will get what you give, and usually tenfold.
Steve October 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Too many have been killed or injured, not to mention the stretch that is the 3rd deadliest IN THE STATE, for you to blame it all on drivers... People drive JUST as fast from Wolfe Road all the way to the bottom of Hackettstown Mountain and barely even a fraction of the accidents/injuries occur there... How does THAT fit into your sarcastic, myopic and heartless view of the situation now?
Theresa Hothouse October 15, 2012 at 08:42 AM
When people make accusations on what might have gone wrong you need to think of all the people he left behind. A beautiful family and loving friends. Not one person will ever know what really happened except for Chris and he is now watching over over all of us especially his family. My youngest daughter was really good friends with his daughter and she and the rest of the family is hurting. So unless you were in the car with Chris than stop making accusations on what went wrong and just send your love and prayers to the family in their time of need. God bless you Michelle and family. You will always have a friend around you to help you get through this tough time. Chris will be deeply missed in all of our hearts and our hearts go out to you in your time of sadness. Stay strong for your kids that's what Chris would want you to do.
Leslie October 16, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Diggy. Seriously you need to delete your comment about not wearing your seatbelt! You mean to tell me you never once forgot to put it on? Who is to say it would of made a difference. And pointing out he had 4 children? Are you a jerk or what? To each his own. We don't know why or what happened but you need to delete your comment. I'm 200% sure that he taught his kids to wear their seatbelts even if for some reason he was not at this time.
Russ Crespolini (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Folks, I know emotions are running high, but please remember to be civil with one another. Watch your use of language and have some consideration for each other. Thanks.
Liberty October 17, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Glad you deleted that one, Russ, thanks.
Michelle October 19, 2012 at 03:57 AM
First off diggy wow what a name ... You really need to get a life .... Writing rude comments really ????? My oldest child could see this have respect ... Oh wait I see that you don't ... Who are you to judge ? Do you know us ? No didn't think so .... People like you need to keep your nasty comments to yourself ... Put yourself in my shoes .. You don't think I'm the now widow with 4 kids wouldn't read this really ?? Do you have anything better to do with your time than writing rude things on the computer ?? The point here is I guess your mother never taught you this, if you have nothing nice to say than don't say anything at all... And hope nothing t like this ever happened to !!!
Phyllis Gast October 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Michelle, You don't know me, but I want to give you, your children and the entire Conner family my deepest condolences. I know there is absolutely nothing I (or anyone else) can say or do to make you feel any better at this time. I wish you only the best with this crappy hand your have been dealt. I am so sorry you had to read these people run their mouths, but it was great to see you put them in their place. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
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