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Three Injured in Car Crash in Downtown Toms River

Car overturns at Highland Parkway and West Water Street

A car crash where a vehicle overturned and three were injured remains under investigation, police said.

The 11 a.m. crash Tuesday occurred at Highland Parkway and West Water Street in dowtown Toms River.

Nora McNaught, 77, of Toms River was driving a 2003 Toyota northbound on Highland Parkway when she collided with a 2006 Honda Pilot that was westbound on Water Street, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

Shannon Lindquist, 18 of Brick, was driving the Honda, which then overturned after the initial collision, police said. The road was closed for several hours.

A passenger in the Toyota — William McNaught, 81, of Manchester — had minor injuries, and both drivers were also injured, Mastronardy said. The three were each transported to Community Medical Center for treatment for minor injuries, he said.

Toms River Traffic Safety Corporal Sean Mchugh is investigating the accident.

DaveL August 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Mandatory retest at age 70, for all NJ drivers. For every accident that a "young person" is involved or causes, it is always "oh they were on the phone, they were texting, they were talking to too many kids in their car." That all may be true, but if we are going to put restrictions on newly-licensed drivers, older ones who no longer have quick reaction times need similar restrictions. Senior citizens are constantly crashing into buildings, mistaking the gas for the brake, and generally not paying attention. I challenge anyone to drive on 37 W between Hospital Drive and the Marquee Cinema between 10AM-3PM and see how close you come to an accident. Also, drive near HS North when school lets out and also watch the inexperienced drivers. I am sick of it being okay for seniors to cause accidents and not get scolded. Hell, make a mandatory retake of the road test every 4 years with your license renewal... that would be a step forward.
just me August 22, 2012 at 11:28 PM
DaveL ... Well said. I couldn't agree more.
DaveL August 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Thank you, "just me". Glad you got in before all the venom begins to spew. Young people are distracted, as are most other drivers. People of all ages are using their phones as they drive, everyone except senior citizens. If you (a senior) just ran into a store with your car, and you weren't on the phone, texting, or looking down at your iPod... what was your excuse? As people reply, don't let your emotions or ages get in the way of the facts. You can believe me, or discount me... my background is how I did research on this very topic for a social history course while I was in grad school. The most frequent amount of motor vehicle crashes in NJ occur at the opposite ends of the driver age spectrum. The problem areas are ages 17-21... they are inexperienced and not properly trained. No high schools offer Driver's Ed, and the 6 hours of training to get a learner's permit is a joke. The other problem area is 70+ years old. Yes, there are exceptions... we all know the 90 year old grandmother who can run faster and is healthier than us in our middle-ages. However, just like young drivers, the majority (NOT ALL) of drivers over 70 years old are more accident prone due to physical limitations on their reflexes and reaction time. A 17 year old kid doing 90 MPH down the Parkway is just as dangerous as an 80 year old doing 45 MPH in the left lane of the Parkway.
i don't get it?? August 23, 2012 at 02:48 AM
DaveL...well said!!!
. August 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Where does it say who was at fault? To assume it was the older person just because of age is wrong. The 18 year old is the one whose car overturned. Everyone wants seniors tested...that is of course until they reach that age themselves. Accidents happen to everyone.
Carolina Shores August 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM
It says Nora collided with Shannon.
dan m garrity August 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM
i am on ems and most of them are on rx drugs {pain pills } thats a fact they cant walk to the car but they drive and cant see i am 61 i should be tested at 70 and every 5 yrs after
LW August 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Yes, accidents do happen to everyone but DaveL has a very valid point. My mother is closeto 80 and I periodically let her drive while we are out and about to see how her driving is progressing. Well stated DaveL, and I totally agree.
DebMT August 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Well said DaveL . . . I agree with the retest every 4 years. This way there's no age bias. Having had to take the keys away from an elderly parent, I know how hard it is to approach them, but it is for their safety as well as everyone else on the road.
DaveL August 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Haha I expected to come on here and see a lot more trash-talking, but I am pleased to read many residents and fellow drivers have the same common sense. If the state wants to restrict driving within age groups with higher frequencies of accidents, then do it fairly. Stop putting restrictions on only 17 year olds because they don't vote.
Paul Hamner August 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Thet intersection can be very tricky. EVERYONE be careful there in the future. Paul H
Gino De Lucia August 23, 2012 at 01:19 PM
About 2 months ago, as I was heading towards downtown on Lakehurst Road and was waiting for the red light at that intersection to change to green; I witnessed as some idiot doing about 45 blew through that light as if it were'nt even there. Thank God the Taxi driver that had the green light and was just about to cross that intersection was paying attention and jammed on his brakes; otherwise, he & and his passenger would have both been creamed!
1stcav August 23, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Slow down and pay attention !!! because Murphy's law says : someone else ISN'T paying attention & you will suffer for them not....
1guy August 24, 2012 at 12:38 AM
As a First Responder who does witness this type of incident way to often, it would be EXTREMELY difficult to disagree with DaveL (aka great point)
Matt August 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Dave I agree, but I think once you start collecting a social security check that you should be retested every 4 years.
A. Einstein August 25, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I agree with you completely. I sometimes think one person can see and the other drives. Have you noticed the missing rear view mirrors?Texting and driving IS BAD, but they can't use the excuse they were distracted. I feel sorry though. You're taking someone's freedom away, but I don't want to have an accident from someone simply not able to drive. Had several close calls right where you say. Not good.
Rick August 26, 2012 at 04:16 AM
The problem is that seniors lose their depth perception, making it extremely hard to drive. I agree with DaveL
. August 26, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Every age group has car accidents every day. I see more accidents with people under 65 than over. You all say to have retesting mandatory when you reach a certain age, but how about based on driving record? Someone with 10 accidents at age 30 needs to tested also. I see every day that most people roll through stop signs. They hardly ever come to the full stop that they should.

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