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.


Donald Fagen January 13, 2013 at 09:09 AM
Nice try, Allstate man.
FU..JD January 13, 2013 at 01:14 PM
JD don't point the finger and act like u don't do anything wrong, I don't know you although I'm sure u do something wrong in your life. "Don't throw stones if u live in a glass house."
s January 13, 2013 at 01:50 PM
God Bless this young man and his family/friends. Regardless of the facts here, this road is one of the worst for people speeding. I don't understand what the hurry is.
Leslie Bianczik January 13, 2013 at 02:08 PM
JD, that commenter also said the car was a Kia. Don't believe everything you read on the internet.
Ronald A batchelor January 13, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I also drove past the scene, saw the man on ground.There were police and state tow trucks there.Why didn't someone have enough kindness to cover that poor man ?. My wife and pulled over feeling sick .Said a prayer for him and his loved ones.
aa January 13, 2013 at 03:34 PM
RTH January 13, 2013 at 03:39 PM
This is his brother and Carl was a great guy with a huge heart. I just want him to give all his loved ones the strength to move forward. Please rest in peace bro. I love you and thank you for all the great memories.
Kraig January 13, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Carl was a coworker and friend. I am speechless. RIP
Eileen Monaghan January 13, 2013 at 04:00 PM
My heart goes out to Carl's family and his girlfriend, Ana at this time ~ Carl was such a sweet person and he left an impression on all who's heart that he touched in this life. RIP Carl ... God's newest angel <3
Monica Ladislaw January 13, 2013 at 04:25 PM
My heart goes out to the Henninger family during their difficult loss. I do find it in poor taste to go on a rant about speeding or not using a seat belt at this time. Yes, we all know the rules of safety, but right now it's time to morn the loss of a young man's life, and pray for his family who are grieving.
JD January 13, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Ralph, The best thing you and others can do is go out and promote seatbelt safety and obeying the speed limits. Kudos if you do. Just like MADD... Mothers Against Drunk Drivers promote awareness of consequences of driving while drunk or DUI.
ray January 13, 2013 at 05:47 PM
JD give it a rest some people really feel bad about what happened you sound a little heartless with that at the moment
ray January 13, 2013 at 05:49 PM
You might have been there the wrong time but they did have the body covered when I saw
Jody Belcher January 13, 2013 at 05:52 PM
May his family and fiance be comforted in this tragic time. Whatever the reason for this tragedy this young man was a human being and we all err at one time in our life. We are Human... The news is a young man is dead and a family is suffering. Judge not least ye be judged... God bless these families
Cristel January 13, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Carl we loved you so much!!! I hate that this happened to you. You will be missed so much! I remember the last time we spoke , you have me such soothing advice. You were always so good to my son LJ and we will both miss you so much!!!
jennifer January 13, 2013 at 08:01 PM
JD i do agree taking situation and making it a life lesson but that being said i really cant tolerate ignorance the fact you said you do not feel compassion for someone who breaks the law is beyond words for me your words do not effect carl that beautiful person is at peace your words are just hurtfull to his family and friends really its not carls charector in question its yours carl was really loved and will be missed. maria
Jose January 13, 2013 at 08:32 PM
God Bless the family! Only the good die young!
Gorno January 13, 2013 at 09:47 PM
My heart goes out to the Henninger family, especially my dear friend and brother Ralph, we are deeply saddened by this tragic news! As for JD you heartless comments only serve to bring a swift and desisive slap in you face by charma, cause you too will feel charmas wrath as it will be upon your heartless sole soon, this disrespect you have directed to those of us grieving will not come without a price! Gorno
Nancy O. January 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Carl... Words can't explain or express the way I feel right now... You were a great friend and great man... Especially to my cousin Ana... You made her so happy... You will be greatly missed but never forgotten... Camila will miss you terribly... We love you do much may you rest in peace in the heavens... We will see you again
Cathi January 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM
RTH, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family and loved ones. So sad.
Godmother Sue January 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Sending peaceful thoughts and condolences to the loved ones. May he Rest in Peace.
Margie January 14, 2013 at 01:12 PM
JD u are heartless. And so u kno this, a seatbelt can also take a life as quick as it can save one. Just like an airbag... airbag in my rsx has been disabled cuz I believe an airbag does more damage than good, especially on short ppl like myself. * my heart goes out to the family of Carl* every day that goes by from here is going to be hard. I pray u all keep a sound mind and console eachother's heart at this time oxoxox
DennyD January 14, 2013 at 02:15 PM
The number one cause of death in motor vehicle accidents is ejection from the vehicle. Seatbelts are a must. Your second sentence is 100% inaccurate.
Margie January 14, 2013 at 04:17 PM
There have been deaths due to seatbelts.. and accidents caused by seatbelts. Coming off 195 on the ramps as u try to look for oncomin traffic the seatbelt locks and can't manuver enough to see behind to the left. Mirrors don't see everything
J January 14, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Carl you were a great friend and i think i speak for all when i say you will be missed. As for you jD just shut up.
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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