Hooper near Dayton Closed From One-Car Accident

Firefighters extricating victim from downtown Toms River car accident

Hooper Avenue between Dayton and Grand avenues remains closed as Toms River police and firefighters respond to a serious one-car accident there, police said at midnight.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the one-car accident was near Orchard Street and Hooper Avenue, where a driver struck a utility pole around 11 p.m.

"The vehicle was northbound on Hooper Avenue when it left the roadway and struck a utility pole," said Mastronardy in an email. The name of the driver or if there were additional occupants was not immediately released by police, who are in the midst of an investigation in the accident.

The  Toms River Fire Companies No. 1 & 2 responded to the accident.

"This will require the closure of Hooper Avenue between Dayton and Grand for a couple of hours," Mastronardy said.

The roadway is a single lane in each direction at that point in Hooper, near Orchard Street.

Investigating are Traffic Safety Officers Eugene Bachonski and Robert Westfall.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area. Main Street and Hadley remain open to vehicular traffic during the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call at 732-349-0150.

valerie March 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Momma, oh boy....sorry to hear. I never saw anyone get removed from car...very odd. There was never a rush to get an ambulance it seemed which is certainly not a good sign.
Catherine Galioto March 12, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Officials have confirmed the only occupant, the driver, died as a result of this incident. More information will be released shortly and we'll post a link to the new reporting thereafter.
nicole vasta March 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM
occupant was not ok :(
Catherine Galioto March 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Here is the update: Toms River Woman, 30, Dies After Crashing into Utility Pole on Hooper, http://patch.com/A-r5Q1
Colleen Manto March 14, 2012 at 09:25 PM
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Our purpose is to be supported to the Lavecchia Family at their time of need. Her Mom,Brother,Son and extended family are devasted by this tragic loss. May GOD hold them in the hollow of his hand.Our prayers are with them all. GOD BLESS


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