Cops in Ocean County are searching for a man from Pennsylvania who fled from a fiery crash that involved three vehicles Saturday evening.

According to the Manchester Township Police Department, the accident happened just before 6 PM at Route 70 and Colonial Drive.

At the scene, "officers observed a silver, 2008 Nissan Altima fully engulfed in flames facing west on the eastbound shoulder of State Highway 70. Officers also found a red, 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC facing west in the eastbound lane of State Highway 70 and a white, 2019 Jeep Cherokee facing north in the intersection of State Highway 70 and Colonial Drive."

Police say an investigation determined that the Altima, being driven by Roy Deronde, Jr., from Kingston, PA, was traveling westbound on the shoulder of Route 70 at a high rate of speed when he allegedly didn't stop for a red light.

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Once in the intersection, Deronde's car hit the Jeep Cherokee, which was traveling south on Colonial Drive. After hitting the Cherokee, Deronde then hit the Mercedes, which was going eastbound on Route 70. From there, Deronde's car hit a pole and burst into flames.

Roy Deronde, Jr., from Kingston, PA - Photo: Manchester Township Police Department
Roy Deronde, Jr., from Kingston, PA - Photo: Manchester Township Police Department

According to authorities, Deronde fled from the scene of the accident on foot. His passenger, Fannie Kistner, also from Kingston, also fled but was later found and given medical help.

The driver and passenger of the Mercedes, Richard and Cathy Kulaszewski, both of Toms River, were not injured.

Injuries were not reported to the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, Grace Poli of Manchester.

Roy Deronde, Jr., has been charged with assault by auto, leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, hindering apprehension, and obstruction of justice. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

The whereabouts of Deronde are not known and a warrant is out for his arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manchester Township Police Department at (732) 657-6111.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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