A medical episode may be what led to a car accident near the Stop and Shop Plaza on Route 530 in Manchester on Saturday night around 9:16 pm.

Manchester Police say the driver of a red 2013 Chrysler 300, 67-year old Thomas Massa of Whiting, collided with a parked 2009, Kia Sorrento while pulling out of a space in the Stop and Shop parking lot on Lacey Road then went over the curb and median and across Route 530 before stopping in a grassy area across the road.

Witnesses who observed the collision pulled Massa out of the vehicle after the crash occurred.

The investigation revealed that Massa was not wearing his seat-belt at the time of the crash and his side curtain air bags deployed during the collision.

Massa had already been removed from the vehicle and was lying on the ground near the driver's door unconscious and not breathing.

Officers and first aiders immediately began administering first aid and CPR and Massa was transported to Community Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Police say there were no significant injuries observed on Massa after the crash and at this time they believe that a medical event was a contributing factor in the crash and the subsequent death of the driver.

Assisting at the scene were EMTs from Quality Medical Transport, paramedics from MONOC Paramedics as well as investigators from the Ocean County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit.

This crash is being investigated by Patrolman Michael O'Hara and Patrolman Michael Anderson of the department's Traffic Safety Unit.

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