Toms River Fire Truck Involved in Hooper Avenue Crash

Truck was responding to a call when it collided with another vehicle.

A Toms River fire truck was involved in an four-vehicle accident Friday evening while responding to a call, Toms River police reported Saturday. 

According to police, a fire truck operated by Bradford Kadubic was traveling northbound on Hooper Avenue at approximately 6:06 p.m. with its lights and sirens activated when it struck a similarly northbound traveling vehicle operated by 86-year-old Toms River resident Holley Simmons near the intersection of College Drive.

Simmons, driving a 2003 Toyota, then made contact with two other vehicles also traveling northbound in the right lane of Hooper Avenue. The identities of the other drivers were not released in a brief police statement on the incident. 

The fire truck received minor damage in the accident, the right side of its front fender taking the brunt of the damage, according to photographs submitted to Patch by the police department.

No one was injured in the accident, police said, and the incident is currently being investigated by Traffic Safety Officer Brian Doyle. It was unclear if any summonses were issued immediately following the accident.

Lori Morrison February 04, 2013 at 01:04 PM
If you feel your volunteer fire protection is inadequate then join! All new members are welcome but be prepared for all the state mandated training required by law. All the requirements are the same as a paid firefighter. If more people would volunteer, there would be no need for a paid department.
Irina February 04, 2013 at 01:25 PM
When there are emergency lights behind you, rule of thumb is to "GET THE HECK OUT OF THE WAY" 86 year old....come on. She shouldn't be on the road in the first place!
Brickresident February 04, 2013 at 01:26 PM
maybe a drug test or a breathalyzer should have been given.
BN February 04, 2013 at 01:33 PM
The RIGHT lane is for passing ONLY? Is that what you are saying? You better brush up on the law: The laws of New Jersey require motorists to keep to the right, except when passing. Motorists must drive on the right half of the roadway unless driving on a one-way street. Motorists must drive a vehicle as close as possible to the right- hand edge or curb of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle. (N.J.S.A. 39:4-82) On a multi-lane roadway, motorists must drive in the lane nearest to the right- hand edge or curb of the roadway when the lane is available for travel, except when overtaking another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn. (N.J.S.A. 39:4-88) Most passing should be on the left. Passing on the right is allowed only on roads with more than one lane going in the same direction, if vehicles on the roadway are moving in two or more substantially continuous lines or when the motorist ahead is making a left turn and there is room to pass. NEVER PASS ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER OF THE ROAD. This is against the law. (N.J.S.A. 39:4-85)
Krumb Bum February 04, 2013 at 02:17 PM
They did she was over. Her reading was six bottles of INSURE over the limit.
WMS826 February 04, 2013 at 02:31 PM
You people are all age racists and should be ashamed of yourselves. You need more re-education. Yes, get the heck out of the way, but still the emergency vehicle operator is responsible to operate in a safe manner. He is not immune from any laws or liability because he was responding to another false CO2 alarm. Any competent first responder knows that people cannot hear you today with well insulated, sound proof cabins on modern vehicles, along with cell phones and headphones not to mention sound systems. In this case it was an elderly woman who does not have the reaction time and speed. The fire truck driver was a volly who we know nothing about, but if he fits the mold of fire guys I am certain he is no rocket scientist. Fire Foamers unite...Have the laws changed so that when the red lights and sirens are on no one can disturb your pleasuring session.
Irina February 04, 2013 at 02:37 PM
@KC Our fire department is wonderful, our library is wonderful, garbage collection is fine, my kids education is fine. Obviously your beef is something "we don't give a rats crap about"
Andy Pat February 04, 2013 at 03:20 PM
For me it is unclear if one party was completely at fault. Both parties may be partially at fault. The investigators may or may not get it right. If bias is shown, it is usually towards the police; the 1st responders; the politician; or the politically connected. All emergency responders need to balance the safety of people on the road with the speed of response time for the given emergency. This is why police have modified the "rules of engagement" for a hot pursuit (so as not to unneccessarily endanger the driving public.
WMS826 February 04, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Andy, by virtue of what you just said no one could get anything right. Which means everyone in a motor vehicle accident should be summonsed. Someone is to blame in every instance. If there is no blame then let's all drink up and drive, if we kill someone then nothing should happen to us. It amazes me that so many people on these boards are so wishy washy with making a decision.
Njfirefighter February 04, 2013 at 06:43 PM
WMS, they were responding to a general alarm for a confermed working fire not a co alarm, and only fire officers get toned for co alarms not the fire company
Njfirefighter February 04, 2013 at 06:53 PM
You people have no idea how much your volunteer fire departments do for there people, you over look the fact they don't get paid, they get up in the middle of the night to leave their families to help people they don't know and don't know if they will be coming back home to their families if something goes wrong, accidents happen don't put the fire department down because of an accident, they do more for the town than you people realize
WMS826 February 04, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I agree with you, but my simple one sentence comment of blaming the fire truck operator has lead to all this. If he is to blame the so be it. Are you not amazed that people on here still do not believe an investigations results. Does it answer the question why guilty people are found innocent and walk like the mother in Florida who murdered her young daughter and is now a rock star on the talk circuit soon to release a book.
Njfirefighter February 04, 2013 at 07:08 PM
My point exactly, their are more important things going on in this town, state and world than a fire truck getting into a minor accident, very very ungrateful and ignorant people on here
WMS826 February 04, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Perhaps patch is wrong to even report it.
John V February 05, 2013 at 05:47 AM
I just want to know how much my taxes are going to rise because of it. Another new firetruck in a secret election perhaps???
clamdigger February 05, 2013 at 12:42 PM
what does a MVA have to do w/ a paid fire dept? do you believe paid firefighters never have accidents? we have paid LEO's and they are involved in MVA's, some they're at fault,some they're not.
WMS826 February 05, 2013 at 01:09 PM
The elections are not secret, just no one cares enough to vote in them during this month of Febuary. Perhaps patch should publish these in their paper.
Tom Cular February 05, 2013 at 01:18 PM
As a senior, I can say that most seniors should be re-tested periodically for eyesight, hearing and reflexes. Most states at least require a vision test to renew a license, not NJ.
Sue February 05, 2013 at 01:57 PM
When is the Feb. fire election? Patch, tell us this year's secret Saturday -- and how much more tax the vols want from us. Thanks. PS - Why isn't isn't it combined with the Nov. election, as school voting was?
Andy Pat February 05, 2013 at 02:01 PM
No, I am not wishy washy about making a decision. I like to make informed decisions. I am not going to claim to know all the facts of an accident by reading an article and some posts. It amazes me that some people are so quick to put forth their opinion and judgement without knowing all the facts.
WMS826 February 05, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Wishy washy Andy,..the cops did an investigation. If the woman was wrong she would have been summonsed that day at the scene. There is no evidence to send to the lab, no mathmatical formulas to complete. Obviously the Volly fire guy was not summonsed however....why. If the woman was at fault I gaurantee you all the volly fire guys would be screaming wholly terror about how they put their lives on the line for us and this woman almost killed them yada yada.... They would not tolerate her being given a break.
Lori Morrison February 05, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Sue, Fire elections are on the 3rd Saturday of February every year. If you look at your tax bill you will see that your fire tax is about the same amount as your library tax. Having fire protection is just as important as a book. Change the vote to November and politics will get involved. Politics have no place in saving lives
Andy Pat February 05, 2013 at 09:12 PM
"the incident is currently being investigated by Traffic Safety Officer Brian Doyle. It was unclear if any summonses were issued immediately following the accident"-which is cut and pasted from the article contradicts your statements. But hey, why let the facts get in the way of YOUR opinions!
WMS826 February 06, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Simple fender bender...what they say is code for people like you who buy into it. There is nothing more to investigate beyond the statements and evidence at the scene. Again, there is no CSI trying to recreate the scene and their opinion is formed already. Freedom of information act would allows the report...perhaps patch should get it.
Carol Czitrom February 07, 2013 at 01:13 PM
How come the age of the 86 year old driver was mentioned, but not the age of the reckless driver of the fire truck?
WMS826 February 07, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Good point. It creates doubt as to what happened. As you can see above all the sheep who fought me on this bit into phony baloney.
blahblah February 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM
wms826 sounds a lot like poster william hammski same propaganda
Project Bluebeam February 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM
It's called ENSURE, jackass.
Project Bluebeam February 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Cut the school budget and get the money from them! They're bloated anyway.
Daniel K. Simmons February 21, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Hey braveheartteacher: That elderly drive is my mother. Were you driving one of the other cars? Can you contact me about the accident. Thank you so much. Daniel K. Simmons


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