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Sandy Cleanup Worker Dies After Being Hit by Car in Brick

Princeton Avenue accident that killed Long Branch man is under investigation

A Long Branch man working in Brick to clean up debris left by Superstorm Sandy was struck and killed by a car Friday morning on Princeton Avenue, police said.

The accident occurred at about 8:20 a.m. Friday, as Paul Friedauer, 69, entered the roadway approximately 1,200 feet west of Beaver Dam Road to stop traffic as cleanup operations continued, said Brick Police Sgt. David Bedrosian.

He was struck by 2004 Nissan Pathfinder SUV being driven by Karl P. Scheufler, 42, of Brick.

Friedauer – who was working for the Glenside Equipment Company of Jackson – was propelled 125 feet due to the impact of the crash.

Brick Police EMS and MONOC Paramedics responded, as well as township police. Friedauer was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, but succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The east and westbound lanes of Princeton Avenue in the area of the crash were closed due to the investigation for approximately three hours, Bedrosian said.

Officer Scott Dierking and Bedrosian of the Brick Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit responded to the scene and are conducting the crash investigation.

No summonses had been issued.

In addition to local police, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has initiated an investigation, that agency confirmed.

Lenore Uddyback-Fortson, an OSHA spokeswoman, said the Brick incident is the seventh Sandy-related fatality in New Jersey.

Police are asking anyone with information surrounding the crash to contact the Traffic Safety Unit at 732-262-1140.     

Crazy! December 31, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I knew Skinny; he was a fantastic man with incomparable wit, charm, compassion and a wonderful sense of humor. I could listen to his stories for hours. He may have been 69 yrs old, however, it you knew him you wouldn't think he was a day over 59!! Clamdigger, he was not impaired; he did not even drink alcohol!!!! He has been in the construction industry for over 50 years and had his safety vest on. I also know there were 2 Heavy trucks on either side of the road, taking up not only the shoulder but half of each lane going both directions. This is a terrible loss for ALL who had the honor to know him. I also personally know anonymous; the only consolation I can take from this is I KNOW he did not see it coming for he was busy stopping the traffic coming from the other direction. Mike I am soooo sorry for your loss, he will be greatly missed.
Mr. Anonymous December 31, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Everyone please PRAY for all those involved in this horrible accident! The Victim & the Driver as well... *Accidents happen and we should all consider this a wake up call to pay way more attention to our surroundings. Furthermore, I am a Certified Flagger and those trained in this area know that you are NEVER to be in the flow of Traffic. Traffic is to be safely diverted away from the work zone and many safety precautions are required by law to be in place. I was not an eye witness, but even an eye witness, NOT knowing the laws, could lay heavy blame improperly; if given over to their emotions due to the brevity of this disaster. We must also try to remember that if the traffic was not properly diverted, any one of us driving could have fallen into this tragic circumstance. Except the Grace of God, there go I... **God be merciful to all those touched by this accident, including all you bloggers. God be with you all!
Lorrie January 01, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Have there been services yet?
john harleman January 05, 2013 at 12:23 AM
you cant assume anything, you should slow down either way, what happens if the guy fell. btw i knew that man, and he aint no idiot, so think before u assume.....
vikki schafer April 21, 2013 at 01:44 AM
I do know the driver.We dated years ago,and he was not a very good driver.But he is a caring kind person and I know this will stay with him forever.

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