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12-Year-Old Struck By Car On Whittier Avenue

The child was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center.

A 12-year-old Toms River boy sustained unknown injuries after being struck by a car just before 9 p.m. July 4.

The boy was crossing Whittier Avenue when he was hit, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. The car was traveling eastbound in the Money Island section of Toms River.

Mastronardy said the incident remained under investigation at 11:30 p.m. July 4 and few details were available.

The boy was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune and is currently in unknown condition.

Mastronardy said the driver of the vehicle has not been charged as of this evening.

Traffic Safety Officer Steven Schwartz and Sergeant Ed Mooney are investigating the accident.

Karen Ann Campbell July 05, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Donna your kids are grown And are not in Touch with The costs Of these activities. My daughter is a cellist And swimmer. Swimming competitively at The Y runs in The thousands per season. She has played soccer And softball not her cup Of tea but The BS tied To softball was incredible. My older daughter was.a competitive cheerleader. More politics And $$$. We were all involved with The Girl Scouts from 98-2010 but when I returned To Work full time that had To fall To The wayside. Cattus has camp until The age Of 12 but you cannot volunteer until you are 18. No one hires 15 year olds. The best part Of town is TR Youth Services. Nothing except For Cattus is within walking distance And my husband And I are out The door For Work before 8. A neccesity For our family not a choice. All The volunteering opportunities you need To be an adult. Things have significantly changed since you had young children And teenagers.
thirdgenerationff July 05, 2012 at 09:27 PM
How did all you people lose sight of the main focus of this article and either turned it into a socio-political debate and fingerpointing episode. Every time something tragic happens you people turn into fodder for your own agendas. SHAME ON THE LOT OF YOU!
Edward Gifford July 05, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Well said 3rd generation, I couldn't agree more!!!!!!!!!!!!
Karen Ann Campbell July 05, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Anyway I am sending prayers and hoping the boy is ok.
JCAS July 05, 2012 at 10:01 PM
UNLESS YOU ALL HAVE THE POLICE REPORT TO SEE THE FACT STOP WITH YOUR OPINIONS ! THE BOTTEM LINE IS THAT HE RODE HIS BIKE RIGHT INTO THE LANE AND NEVER STOPPED SO JUST PRAY FOR THE DRIVER.....PRAY FOR HIS RECOVERY AND THAT HE LEARNS TO STOP WHEN CROSSING A RODE AT THE SWEET AGE OF 12 !
So Much to Say July 05, 2012 at 11:06 PM
@Karen... I hope they don't come to fruitation. These entertainment jokes are needeless and ridicioulious. Sidewalks should be a bigger priority.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Hello, here is an update on last night's incident: 12-Year-Old Boy Suffers Leg Trauma After Being Hit By Car on Whittier - Toms River, http://patch.com/A-vNpw
Karen Ann Campbell July 05, 2012 at 11:29 PM
This town has enough money to do it all I just don't know exactly what they are doing with it. Toms River should be a thriving flower not a dandelion. The powers that be need to wake up and do something people are getting perturbed. So Much to Say 20 minutes ago @Karen... I hope they don't come to fruitation. These entertainment jokes are needeless and ridicioulious. Sidewalks should be a bigger priority.
Jersey Girl for Life July 05, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Plus cut back all the trees on vegetation on whittier. You have to nose out on so many of those side streets. Especially at the intersection of Whittier and Longfellow where this accident occurred.
JeanJ July 06, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I absolutely agree with Captain Mike. I have been a resident in the neighborhood for over 10 years and often witness the lack of respect some people have for others. I have contacted our local police department for witnessing a speeding truck coming within itches of hitting two young boys, cars actually drag racing down Whittier, and witnessing a minivan rolling down the street because someone ran a stop sign. This is all down a 35mph road. For those citizens who actually do obey the law I thank you however, you do run the risk of being passed since people continue to disregard the speed limit. I do recall when the speed check was place on the road and it actually seemed to work but a few short days later it was removed and once again the road was forgotten. Now the young boy on a bike attempting to enjoy his 4th lays in a hospital bed hopefully well on his way to recovery. I'm not sure what it is going to take for this road to gain attention but hopefully this tragedy will open the right persons eyes.
Donna Griffin July 06, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Karen - We make choices. My kids swam for Lou at the OCY for 10 years (in college as well). They played TRBA, TRELL, Softball, Soccer, school band,etc . I get the monetary sacrifice we make for our kids, but that's the job we take on when we have them. Trust me, they grow up way too soon and I'd pay it all again to relive those great years. Sounds like the young boy who was struck should be OK. Prayers to all involved.
Donna Griffin July 06, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Third - It's not a term paper. These blogs go off on tangents all the time. It doesn't mean we do not care about this young boy and wish him a speedy recovery. Calm down.
Barry Fleckmann July 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM
"SHAME ON THE LOT OF YOU!" - thirdgenerationff. Hey, Pal, did you EVER hear of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution? A bunch of us are EXERCISING our First Amendment Rights, IF you don't mind?! I'm SURE we're ALL concerned about the young lad's injuries, but come on! These things (traffic accidents) are happening with all too much frequency. The monthly, public, township council meeting IS a Dog & Pony Show, just a meet-and-greet so that Hizzoner, The Mayor, and his Township Council, can kiss their OWN derrieres. The REAL dissent (from the public) comes on these pages that Toms River Patch gives us!! I can recall when Toms River had its OWN, daily newspaper (The Observer). It's gone, now. I can recall when Toms River had its OWN television channel (Adelphia 8). It's gone, now. Bob Levy, on "Topic 'A,'" on WOBM-FM, doesn't DO local, anymore. So, when The Revolution finally arrives, you'll hear about it, first, HERE!!!
Barry Fleckmann July 06, 2012 at 01:51 PM
"This town has enough money to do it all. I just don't know exactly what they are doing with it." - Karen Ann Campbell. DEMAND TO KNOW! Go down to a monthly township council meeting (Dog & Pony Show), overcome your fear of public speaking, and announce your grievances, at the microphone, during the public portion of the meeting. Oh, your grievances will meet with deaf ears, as the reporters (from the media) bolt from the room to file their stories before their papers (Asbury Park Press) "go to bed" (deadline time in the pressroom). As for me? I'm tired of writing letters, and speaking-up at meetings. I'm tired of petition drives, too. I'm READY for The Revolution!! As Charlton Heston once said at an NRA convention, "From my cold, dead hands!"
1stcav July 06, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Night, speed , in a rush and Very poor lighting all play a factor in this, that's why YOU drive defensibly and some times creep down a road.Those who travel it every day seem to go a little faster each time they drive....those who don't seem to obey the speed limit and KNOW kids are on break and come out of no where, slow the heck down !!!! I hope this young man recovers as soon as possible. At 10 yrs old I was hit and spent my summer in the hospital healing...not fun !Get well soon Son ...
Mr. ? July 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
You go get him Barry! Everyone cares for the quick recovery of the boy, and it seems he will be OK! But the issues of safety, sidewalks and the ensuing comments here are the result of the accident and are the real issues..... "How did all you people lose sight of the main focus"......( YOU MEAN THE CORE ISSUE) "into a socio-political debate and fingerpointing episode". (OK, READ SEVERAL COMMENTS OF THAT) "Every time something tragic happens you people turn into fodder for your own agendas" (SO THEY SHOULD NOT COMMENT ON THE RESPONSIBILITY AND CONCERNS OF SAFETY AND TRAFFIC?...NOW THAT"S AN AGENDA! ). "SHAME ON THE LOT OF YOU!" (NOPE, SHAME ON YOU THERE THIRDGENERATIONFF!) Well said Barry
jack July 07, 2012 at 12:58 AM
You all have very valid points on the state of our roads but as a witness to this particular incident. The fact is this boy ran the stop sign at full speed into oncoming traffic. I'm sorry that this happened but no sidewalk would have prevented this from happaning. a helmet might have helped. It is my understanding that bike riders need to follow the same laws as motorists.
TR Citizen July 07, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Jack you do make a very valid point however, citizens in this neighborhood are concerned for their safety. I don't think one can truly understand the fustration unless you are a resident in this neighborhood. After witnessing senseless tragedies time and time again, to us the question becomes when is enough enough? After the police left the seen, I can't recall seeing one since.
jack July 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I have lived within view of this incident for 22 years. While I do agree that our street is sensesly dangerous blame needs to go where it deserves to be. We need to teach our children SAFTEY is not an option.
kristal July 08, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I live on Whitter ave and my dog was struck and killed on that street. My children aren't able to take a walk or play in my front yard. there is so many accidents on that street it really isn't funny. I know this is a tragedy but unfortunatly it will not be the last. Maybe next time it will be fatal. Everyone on Whittier Ave signed a petition asking to enforce the speed limit a few years ago. Nothing at all was enforced. Now due to thier lack of helping us instead they choose to do nothing. Its scary to even take the children to the bus stop. Come on police do your job. Cars race up and down the street and I've almost been hit numerous amount of time walking to 7-11 because I dont have a car. Its sad
kristal July 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Yes kids are all over the place. A car is a machine and needs to be handled with care not to speed around or whip around corners. When driving on a road with side streets its common sense there might be children around. Be cautious at all times while driving especially on a street with houses surrounding it. If you do NOT live in this neighborhood or live ON whittier ave please dont say a word bc you are ignorant to what we go threw. I have 3 kids and even the bus stop is a terrible place to have kids. I was walking from wawa and almost was hit by a car that was coming from whittier it was coming at me on its side. I was terrified. Imagine walking and a mini van on 4 wheels but coming towards you on its side. the other car almost drove right into a house.
kristal July 08, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I agree couldn't of said it better myself
kristal July 08, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Especially when its school time. My children's bus stop was down the street without sidewalks I had to beg and plead for my kids to be picked up at my house and the #1 reason was there was no sidewalks and I see accidents all the time
kristal July 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Donna you have the best idea I've ever heard! If there where speed bumps on Whittier Ave that really would be a great solution and save many lives. both driver (im positive thier affected and feel terrible) n the bike riders or walkers!!!!!
Barry Fleckmann July 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Hey, you know WHO we haven't heard from, yet, on this thread? The Mayor. Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher. Mr. Mayor, the citizens of your town, Toms River, are DYING to hear from you!!! Your silence is DEAFENING!!!
hunter c September 08, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Hi I am the boy who got hit the injures were a broken hip and a shattered ankle i would like to thank u all for ur love and support
Edward Gifford September 08, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Hunter, We are so glad to hear you are doing OK. We rode by the scene on our way home from Isl. Hts fireworks on our tandem. Our hearts sunk when we saw the bike lying in the middle of the road. Please be careful on the roads.
barbara September 08, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Hunter, hope you are feeling better..........
hunter c September 08, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I will thanku
hunter 0812 September 08, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Jack u need to shut up I read both ur posts and why the heck r u defending the girl she was a car less driver and I did not go full speed I was going really slow so u don't know what u r talking about

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