Dental records will be needed to confirm the identity of the driver whose SUV careened off the Garden State Parkway in Tinton Falls and burst into flames early this morning.

 

Accident on the Garden State Parkway near the Asbury Park toll plaza (TheLakewoodScoop.com)

New Jersey State Police Sergeant Adam Grossman tells us that the Ford Explorer ignited and became enveloped in flames after smashing into trees off the southbound lanes near the Asbury Park toll plaza. The driver was the only occupant inside.

Sergeant Grossman says that the tentative identity has been conducted through a trace of the license plates. But the steps to establish and confirm it may delay release of the information by a day or two.