Police: Teen Stolen Car Case Still Under Investigation

Teen injured in single-car crash

An incident where an allegedly stolen vehicle was crashed by its teen driver Oct. 17 remains under investigation.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said no additional charges have been filed against an injured 13 year-old driver in a single-car crash last Wednesday in Squire Village.

"This is an open investigation," Mastronardy said.

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.

The teen was hospitalized for a hip injury and broken nose in the 4:30 p.m. accident 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.

The car, a 2012 Toyota Camry, was reported stolen from the parking lot of Bay View Corporate Center on Hooper Avenue less than a mile from Squire Village, Mastronardy said.

The teen was charged with driving without a license and reckless driving, said the police chief.

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


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wookfish October 22, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Ummmmm..what about the auto theft charge?
Rob October 22, 2012 at 03:42 PM
It was his mother's car. I really don't think she will press charges.
Random Poster October 22, 2012 at 03:58 PM
charge the kid with grand theft auto, let him see first hand that real life is not like a video game where you can just hit reset/replay. his 15 min of "cool, hey look at my badass self fun" should net him 15 weeks in jail with hopes he get "scared straight"
bayway mike October 22, 2012 at 04:15 PM
That's a new spin to this story..
. October 22, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Where does it say it was his mother's car? He crashed because he saw his mother driving past him. He stole the car from a parking lot according to the story.
wookfish October 22, 2012 at 07:59 PM
no where does it say it was his mothers car...even if it was if he took without her knowledge or consent, that's theft..unless you're a forgiving liberal who wants to see this theif "rehabilitated" only to be a burden on society for the rest of his useless life
Irina October 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM
A few years un Juvy will cure his stcky fingers. A FUTURE CRIMINAL.....NICE
letsgetreal October 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Unfortunately the reality is that he will not see one day in Juvenile Detention and most likely will not get anything other than Probation that is the reality folks....we dont punish juveniles in this state its fact so all of the above wishes and comments just are sadly not the reality.
Irina October 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM
yup sad.
Project Bluebeam October 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Maybe we should introduce the little punk to the lady who belted the kid on the bus....
Hugh Stink October 23, 2012 at 01:42 AM
No charges Cause he's connected to the right people..
kj October 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM
the owner probably couldnt afford the car so they left the keys in it in hopes it would get stolen the car owner got their wish in this case.
WhyohWhy October 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM
He is 13 years old ! Yes he should make restitution for what he did. The fact that he paniced when he saw his mom and crashed shows you his youth. The kid made a mistake, no you don't sweep in under the carpet and let him go, but you don't charge him with G.T.A. and send him away. Maybe this kid has never been in troule before and this was a one time prank? I do think the article states that the car he took had already been stolen and he found it got in it and took it for a ride. I'm not reading the story that 'he' stole the car. Either way... how does a 13 year old know how to get a brand new car started and then steal it? There is alot to this that we don't know ....and can just speculate on.
wookfish October 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
so getting into a car that wasn't his, underage, and driving away doesn't make it a crime? that reasoning is why the world is in the shape it's in today...NO PERSONAL RESPONABILITY.
WhyohWhy October 23, 2012 at 04:18 PM
No thats not what I'm saying wookfish.... Of course its a crime! WHAT I SAID IS he should make restitution for what he did, BUT not to the extent that others suggested on here. He should definitely be held responsible for his actions as well as his parents. And the world is the way it is, is because parents are NOT doing their job and teaching their children that if they do something wrong or break the law there are serious consequences that will follow!!! Too much "spare the rod...spoil the child" and my favorite, " Not MY JOHNNY!!!" thinking today !
wookfish October 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
woah there bigred..you don't have to back peddle so hard..
WhyohWhy October 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
On the contrary woooookfish....not back pedaling at all.... I just want you to re read my first post. You'll see what I said about making the kid make restitution! Not letting the kid off the hook!
wookfish October 23, 2012 at 11:13 PM
het red ,it's not a mistake,it's a crime.
WhyohWhy October 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Yes! He made a 'mistake' by doing the crime! So if this kid has no 'priors' with the law, good student, a good kid, but made this mistake and committed a crime you dont' think this kid should get a second chance? Make him responsible for his actions but not ruin the rest of his life ? You obviously don't have kids ....
Concerned Friend October 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Everyone seems to want to blame the parents. I know the both of them and they have done everything legally possible for this child. It scares the rest of us to know that you can make all the right choices as a parent and have a child still do wrong. If we don't blame the parents then that means our child could be the next one. Most of us don't do half of the exhausting legwork these parents did but our children make it. We are lucky not superior. He was wrong. He didn't come home from school. She called the school, she txtd friends no one knew where he was. He was with the wrong children whom she forbid him to be with. She found that out after the fact. She was headed out to an appointment saw the crashand was the one to call 911 and then realize he was driving. How she kept her composure I will never know. This child was taken for help to professionals. She knows she will be punished financially and she hopes the judge gives him the most amount of time he can. She does hope he has learned from this but as she said she won't know until he gets out. L
people u know October 24, 2012 at 06:56 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.


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