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Authorities ID women killed in crash on Route 37

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Authorities have released the names of two elderly women killed when the car they were in collided with a pickup truck in Toms River.

According to police, Doris Turlish, 85, of New Gretna, was leaving a hospital and entering Route 37 east Monday around noon when her car suddenly accelerated to a high rate of speed and hit a curb that divides the hospital complex entrance and exit.

Turlish’s car then traveled onto Route 37 at a 90-degree angle to the flow of traffic and was struck by the pickup.

RELATED: Pickup truck, sedan collision kills 2, injures 3 on Route 37

Turlish and a passenger, Marjorie Santamaria, 86, of Toms River, were both killed.

Two other women in the vehicle remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition.

The pickup truck driver, a 42-year-old Lanoka Harbor man, was treated for minor injuries.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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