A car ride for frozen yogurt turned tragic for two girl friends in Little Egg Harbor when they were involved in a serious car crash Saturday night.

The two friends were hit by another car which crossed the center line and crashed in to their vehicle. Both girls were airlifted to the hospital where they are listed in critical condition.

According to Little Egg Harbor Township Police, about 9:45pm Saturday, a 2017 Hyundai Elantra driven by Michael Pillarella, 26, of Manahawkin, was traveling northbound on Radio Road when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, crossed over the centerline, and struck an oncoming 2006 Toyota XB travelling southbound on Radio Road.

The Toyota XB was operated by a juvenile, and there was also a juvenile passenger in the vehicle. As a result of the crash, both girls sustained serious injuries and were subsequently airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where they remain listed in critical condition.

Police say Pillarella was airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Trauma Center in Atlantic City for treatment of his injuries from the crash. A search warrant was obtained for a draw of Pillarella’s blood, and laboratory results remain pending. Pillarella was treated and released from the hospital, and has been issued  tickets for reckless driving and failure to maintain his lane.

A Go Fund Me campaign has been established for one of the girls inured in the crash.

On January 30, 2021, Kaitlyn was in a horrible car accident. She was just out with a friend getting frozen yogurt and just like that her night turned around. She is currently in the hospital with injuries. The last thing her and her family should have to worry about is where the money is going to come from to pay for all the medical bills.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer says the crash remains under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.

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