13-Year-Old Crashes Stolen Car After He Unexpectedly Sees Mom

The incident occurred near Squire Village.

A 13-year-old driving a car believed stolen was injured and arrested after he unexpectedly saw his mom while driving in Squire Village and then crashed the car into a tree.

Toms River Police announced the 13-year-old was hospitalized for a hip injury and broken nose as a result of the one-car accident 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 17 on Brokaw Boulevard off Hooper Avenue.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the boy told police the crash happened after he lost control of the vehicle he was illegally driving. The teen was driving down Brokaw Boulevard and saw his mother drive past him in the opposite direction, then crashed into a tree.

"Apparently distracted by seeing his mother the 2012 Toyota Camry he was operating left the roadway and struck a tree," Mastronardy said in an email.

In addition, the 13-year-old Toms River resident was operating the vehicle over the speed limit, traveling at 40 mph in the residential street, the police chief said.

Police said the teen was not only charged with driving without a license and reckless driving, but that other charges are pending because the 2012 Toyota Camry was reported stolen.

Earlier that day, the vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of Bay View Corporate Center on Hooper Avenue less than a mile from Squire Village, Mastronardy said.

Traffic Safety Officer Steven Schwartz and Sergeant Scott Moeller are investigating the theft of the vehicle after also investigating the one-car crash.

Mastronardy said the damage from a car crash into the Squire Village sign and brick wall entrance is not related.

The boy was transported to Jersey Shore Hospital and was charged with reckless driving and being an unlicensed driver. Mastronardy said other charges are pending as the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Toms River police headquarters at 732-349-0150.


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Mrs. G. October 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Please stick to the subject. Not every liberal idea is evil.
sandy bottom October 20, 2012 at 01:28 PM
its the toms river water
sandy bottom October 20, 2012 at 01:31 PM
you should be able to leave your keys in your car on your property
STOPTHESTUPIDITY October 20, 2012 at 02:54 PM
You know some children...people can't be controlled. Blaming the parents just teaches them that they aren't responsible. I know the parents and I know they reached out to the police BEFORE this happened, they reached out to counselors BEFORE this happened and were told that they needed to give him more freedom, they reached out to family and the family couldn't understand how parents could think something was wrong with their child, they even reached out to friends...to me. I feel horrible that they are the one's being blamed. He was sent to school he didn't come home. He did fall in with the wrong crowd. The mother didn't allow him to hang out with those kids after school...he hung with them during school. She called the school requesting to be transferred because she said he can't get help if he is costantly around temptation and no she doesn't even blame the other kids. Her children are taught right from wrong. She said something bad is going to happen before people listen to her. She always felt guilty speaking about her own son like this. We should have listened. Hopefully the tree knocked sense into him. No one else could. Some people are like that no matter how great the parents and their support system is. Quit blaming other people for kids mistakes. He was told time and time again. He chose not to listen. This is why SOME not ALL children never listen because they can point the finger to other people. He is responsible for this.
chris Christie October 21, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I am sorry, but in the end the parents are still the ones responsible. If the school was not given them enough support, then they needed to seek private counseling or needed to send him to a private school for children with emotional behavioral challenges. Parents need to adovate for their children. Children who do not listen usually have a reason as to why. Either there is something else going on at home or the child has an emotional or behavioral issue which must be addressed by a professional. I am sure that they tried to be good parents, but in the end they failed him by not fighting hard enough for the right services. Hopefully they will accept the fact that he needs some serious help and realize that he is unable to be left unsupervised for even one minute.
lizod October 21, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Sadly it is easy to point fingers at what went wrong after the fact - As parents none of us know the exact formula for success...so many extraneous factors are now related to and influence our children - exposure to seemingly benign things such as Facebook , instagram and other social media outlets can be so harmful to these kids and be triggers for problems - to say that there is a something going on in the home is an example of trying to give simplistic answers to multidimensional and complex situations... conduct issues and juvenile delinquency can be related to learning disorders, psychiatric disorders, neurological disorders, endocrine disorders among many other physiological problems - something as simple as a mild concussion can be a contributing factor to the changes parents see with the onset of puberty - to judge anyone before knowing the truth is the biggest failure of all....best of luck to the family.....
Terry Todd October 21, 2012 at 04:13 PM
@Concerned Friend~I am so glad that you made your comments knowing first hand knowing the truth. People assume it's the parents fault in all situations. I feel for this family. Trying to reach out for help is so hard anymore. People are always so quick to judge and "assume" what the story is. It's a struggle now to get help for your child. Maybe this is what he needed to do in order to get the necesary help. There are alot of programs in juvenile facilities, maybe just one will help this child. It will also be a relief for his family, knowing where he is. I hope the system doesn't fail this family. My heart goes out to his Mother and everyone else that is close to this child. His Mother has no reason to blame herself, she asked for help and the outside system failed her. Good luck and I hope he now gets the help he so badly needs so this family can be at peace finally.
Terry Todd October 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Unless these fines are court ordered, there will be none of the ones you mention. Plus he can get a public defender if the family cannot afford their own attorney. The fee to the public defender is based on your income. Most of the fines you mention are not placed on the family since there are funds to pay for damages, hospital bills etc. It's sad when you ask for help and nothing is done before a serious incident happens. Just glad nobody was seriously hurt or killed in the process. Once again, good luck to his Mom and Dad. Now you can sleep at night knowing where he is.
Terry Todd October 21, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Obviously you didn't read the comments above. Why do people have to post their sick humor on a serious issue? I hope you never go through what this family has been going through. It's easy to judge others without knowing the truth. Stop the mud slinging at the parents. This mother sounds like she did everything possible to keep him from going this far and getting to this point. It is very hard to get help when you ask for it. There is so much red tape anymore. Stay strong "Mom". You did what you could. No need to feel sad but relieved. Once the court knows what you have done to try and help your son, they will hopefully step in and do the right thing before he gets older. Once older, there is nothing that a parent can do for them. Good luck to this family................NOW PEOPLE STOP TRASHING THIS FAMILY IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON AND THROW OUT ALL OF THESE SCENARIOS OF WHAT "YOU" BELIEVE HAPPENED.
Terry Todd October 21, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Terry Todd October 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Once again, I agree since you know first hand. I feel bad for his Mother since she did reach out for help and nobody listened. I hope she kept a list of who she tried to get help through and was "lost" in the system. @Mom - Don't blame yourself. You did try and be proactive with your son. The system failed you. Let him stay where he is until he goes to court. Too many parents want to make the bail for their children. Let him stay where he is and he will be seen by people that can help him and they will submit their findings to the Judge. I wish you only the best of luck!
Pamela Furey October 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
How about "Scared Straight". They should look into this.
Mike October 21, 2012 at 05:36 PM
His teachers should also be charged with failure to imbue high morals and strong, Christian character. Whatever we do, we must never blame a child!
Ken G October 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I hope this is sarcasm, but im going to guess this sadly isnt. Why Christian character? why not jewish character? or some other religious character?
Donna October 21, 2012 at 09:57 PM
What a terrible heartbreaking situation for this boy and his parents to be in. I hope the teen gets the necessary help and that his parents find peace.
lizod October 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM
very disappointing to see such a comment when a family is experiencing so much pain....if you have children perhaps you should do a bit of soul searching for yourself, because your character is evident in your statements ..... I'm sure if you were using your full our real name , the venom on your words might be less poisonous....
lizod October 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM
ugggghhhhhhh ......christian character? how is that defined? Hmmmmmm if you look at history, the largest group of people of who have wiped out other ethnicities and races were christians.....as a christen, I teach my children about compassion, empathy, understanding tolerance and being non- judgmental - HUMAN CHARACTER.
Mary Ricciuti October 22, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I feel bad for this family, 13 is so young, they have alot more teen years to come with this child. Maybe the Scared straight thing is the way to go, or maybe this kid has some kind of imbalance. As for the people talking about being able to steal the car because it is a push button start, that's not possible unless the key is present somewhere, and you also have to step onto brake pedal to start it. This kid must have known that.
kj October 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Car owners can't afford these cars so they leave the keys in it in hopes it will get stollen the owner got there wish it seems
Mike October 22, 2012 at 05:59 PM
A child is never, ever to blame. Having a child take responsibility will prevent him/her from becoming a functioning adult. You know, Christian values like Rmoney/Ryan are espousing: - Radical generosity. Just like Jesus, who did not merely tithe but gave everything he had (2 Corinthians 8:9). - Love. Ditching the self-protective mindset and putting others before ourselves, making their good our aim in all things. - Risk. Making the good of others a higher priority than our own safety, security, and comfort, and taking risks to bring benefit to them. - Creativity. Christians are to be creative! And to be a boring Christian is a sin (that’s an implication of the term “salt” in Colossians 4:6). - Excellence. Slack work is a form of vandalism (Proverbs 18:9). Christians are not to be clock-watchers in their work, but to do things well and with competence. Initiative. Taking ownership for making things better, rather than sitting around watching and complaining. - Leadership. Instead of criticizing, leading and setting a good example. - Humble authenticity. - Global and multi-ethnic vision. - Ambition. Not for our own comfort, but for the good of others.
Arlen October 23, 2012 at 02:31 PM
This is a message to the parents. I personally have been where you are. and NO you are not bad parents. Your son made these choices and YES has has to suffer the punishment for it. Do yourself a favor and learn from my painful experience, you can call the schools, police and private therapy all you want, they will just Yes you to dealth and ask you "how does that make you feel" but they will not help you in the way you need the help. After almost losing everything I own, I stopped listening to the schools, police and therapists and did something that saved my son's life. I MOVED, removed him from his friends that are now ALL in jail, stopped listening to the NEGATIVE people that always want to blame the parents. Heres the truth, the morons that bashed you above, ARE most likely the parents of the "other" kids that are breaking the law. Dont let them fool you, they LOVE to bash people but they choose to NOT look in the mirror. If you own your home, like I do, RENT it out. Do your homework on "new" areas. Once you get there, start the therapy in a new setting, new enviornment and keep very tight control over what he does. My son went from failing to honor roll in 1 year. Scared straight is also very helpful, use the shock and awe approach, it does work! But remember, you are not bad parents, you have a child that is making bad decisions that have to be corrected.
Arlen October 23, 2012 at 02:33 PM
But if he is hanging out with the wrong crowd, you have to change that ASAP before he ends up in Jail where he ill learn even worse things than he would out of jail. prayers are with you, stay strong and this too will pass.... god speed.....
Arlen October 23, 2012 at 02:46 PM
One more thing, since he has already been in trouble, the schools, police and neighbors will target him, blame him for everything that goes wrong in the school, neighborhood ect. that will also set him up for failure even if he does change his life. Again, remove him from Ocean county and he will have a chance to be a productive member of society. People are mean, remember that. be above them because you are!
Arlen October 23, 2012 at 04:49 PM
WOW Christie, I really didnt think people like you still existed. So very sad. Not everything is cured with a 40 minute visit to a shrink. The bad kid school, They are good parents, the child made a bad choice. But since you are offering, Im sure you can quit your job and volunteer to babysit him 24/7. Your such a good person for volunteering your time!
your neighbor October 24, 2012 at 06:18 PM
FYI: If you have a child in middle school you are subjected to this as well. It is only a matter of time before we read about your kid(s) .There is a very big drug problem in Toms River school district and a band if burglars in that age bracket. Open your eyes your child is lying to you. I looked at my childs facebook page and I see your children talking about getting high smoking and how they can buy stolen goods.You my friends are in denial. your kid(s) facebook is a gateway to criminal activities.Kids use there time in computer class to make up there facebook account and sometimes make up false names because of genius parents like yourselves are on top of them. My drive home i see plenty of middle school children smoking isn't it illegal to smoke underage.I know its not like stealing property.Eventually it will get there don't you worry your baby will be in good hands when it is their time. Will you be the one to blame or will it be someone else.
mother October 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
You are right my childs facebook page had other kids talking about drugs and they were posting pictures of drugs. I told police about the page they are investigating the matter. Your children are in grave danger.
people u know October 24, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I dont blame the parents, schools or the police. I blame society MTVs Jersey shore and the gangs that bring trouble to our community. Parents can only do so much if a child wants to do somthing he is going to do it regardless.
Concerned Friend October 24, 2012 at 07:33 PM
As I said on the update. Everyone wants to blame the parents because if they don't that means their child could do it too. The mother and father did everything legally possible. Sometimes kids just dont listen because their friends are more important. All of us who have grown children that had bumps and bruises are t superior parents we were lucky parents. His parents are good people who tried to get him help. He threw it back In their face. Most of us will be lucky and our children will do just fine. They give children all the credit when their parents suck and they end up succeeding I life. This is no different. Just opposite. He has great parents and he is failing. Unfortunately years ago it would have happened at 16. Well people 13 is the new 16. No one is more disappointed then his parents. And any bashing you do towards them is so much less than what they are doing to themselves. This happens to good families. And yes mom also notified police about Facebook
WhyohWhy October 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Listen... this kid at 13 didn't just start acting out and hanging with the worng kids. ,Its when these kids are young and impressionable is when the parents have to teach their children RIGHT from WRONG. each them respect, manners and responsibility. If these kids were made to face the consequences when they were young for doing wrong they would have a better idea of what happens when they break the law. My kids were not perfect but I'll tell you what, they had a fear and a respect for us. Kids learn what they live, I believe this. I'm not saying he has bad parents but somewhere something got lost. I hope this scares the shit out of this kid and he learns before its too late... I wish the parents lots of luck.
WhyohWhy October 25, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Ya know what Arien... parents have a responsibility till their child is 18. And its no ones problem but the parents if this kids needs around the clock supervision. This is the parents job. They wanted to be called mom and dad. From what others are saying it hasn't been 'one' bad choice. They have been having problems with him right along. So you leave nothing to chance and watch this kid like a hawk and if they are working then make provisions to have him taken care of till you get home. christie isn't far off here... he is offering a solution and you are jumping down his throat. Kids just don't do bad things for no reason...You can't kee blaming everyone else for your problems. He's right if this person doesn't listen to you then go toYou keep going till someone listens to you. You just don't stop and hope it will work itself out. FIGHT for your kids... You are all they've got !


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