Cranbury Township Man, 27, Dies At I-195 Accident Scene After Being Ejected

Driver apparently lost control traveling eastbound, ended up in westbound lanes, police said.

A 27-year-old Cranbury Township man died from injuries he suffered after being ejected from his motor vehicle in a 10:48 a.m. accident on I-195 at the Jackson/Howell Township border today.

Carl Henninger was traveling eastbound in a Chevy Lumina when he apparently lost control, ran off the left side of the center median and struck another vehicle on the westbound side, State Police Spokesman Sgt. Adam Grossman said.

Henninger was pronounced deceased at the scene, said Grossman.

The driver of the vehicle struck by Henninger, Jennifer, Balka, 22, of Wall Township, was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, with minor injuries, police said. No further information was available as to Balka's condition.

Balka was driving a Buick Century.

The accident occurred at milemaker 23.8.

All lanes on I-195 westbound east of exit 22 - CR 638 in Jackson Township near the exit for Route 9 in Howell Township were closed for approximately four hours during the accident investigation.

The incident wreaked havoc with traffic on Route 9 in Howell Township as well, eyewitnesses report.

Investigating are the Hamilton station NJ state trooper fatal accident team, along with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.


Raymond D. January 14, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Thank you for your prayers, Penny. He was a friend of mine.
Daniel R Emigholz January 16, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Im verry sorry for your loss I was on 195 and I seen him laying there I cant imagine how the family feels just lookin at the scene just keeps re playing in my head my heart goes out to the family when I got home I gave my girlfriend a big hug and kiss many of us dont know how lucky we really are to make it home every day for me it was a huge wake up call and im verry thankfull when I walk through the door rip carl
David Chennells January 16, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Sorry for your loss
Callie January 17, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I think it is safe to say that for every injury or death caused by a seatbelt or airbag, there are far more lives saved. As for the on-ramps themselves, it comes down more to the lack of courtesy and common sense of those already driving on the highway and those entering/exiting the highway.
Irene Gallo May 04, 2013 at 06:27 PM
My husband and I purchased appliances from Carl a few months back. I found out today that he passed. He was a good kid, I don't think he had a mean bone in his body. My deepest condolences to all that loved him, I will always remember him fondly. Irene


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