FREEHOLDA 69-year old man died as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle early Saturday morning in Neptune Township, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Rodney Parks, 69, of Asbury Park, was walking in the area of State Highway 18 near mile marker 8.4 at approximately 5:05 a.m. Saturday morning, when he was struck in the right lane by a northbound 2018 Mazda CX-5, driven by Trevor Manning, of Brick.

Parks sustained life threatening injuries and was pronounced at 5:24 a.m.

Manning was uninjured in the collision.

The northbound side of Route 18 from mile marker 8.4 through 10 was closed for the investigation from approximately 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. with the assistance of the NJDOT.

The crash remains under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Neptune Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART).

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information to assist the investigative team is urged to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kristian DeVito at 800-533-7443, or Neptune Township Police Department Officer Darrell Harris at 732-988-8000 x 783.

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