Toms River Man Involved In Fatal Crash, Police Say

Woman was not identified

A Toms River man was involved in a crash that killed an 84-year-old Whiting woman, police said.

The accdent occurred at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, police said. The victim, whose next of kin had not yet been notified by press time, received help at the scene from the Whiting First Aid and Paramedics from MonOc.

She was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River where she was pronounced dead.

The victim was traveling south on South Columbus Boulevard in Manchester in a 2006 Buick Lacrosse prior to the crash.

Her vehicle attempted to turn left onto Route 530 when it was struck by a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, which was driven by William O’Hara, 84, of Toms River. O’Hara was traveling east on Route 530 at the time of the crash.

O’Hara received help from the Quality Medical Transport at the scene, but refused further treatment.

The crash is under investigation by Ptl. Douglas Higgins of the Traffic Safety Section. Assisting at the scene where the Manchester First Aid, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU and the Ocean County Road Department.

Any witnesses are asked to contact 732-657-2009 extension. 4400.

Sandy Anagnostis-Peace December 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Hmmmm...both 84, and people don't think retesting in seniors need to be done!! Let's think again!!!
WhyohWhy December 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Both 84 years old and still driving... I don't know what to say. RIP to the victim and prayers for her family. AND for the other 84 year old driver... hand in your Drivers Lic. Its the right thing to do.
VoiceofReason December 11, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Prime example of re-testing for driver's licenses after 70+
Irina December 11, 2012 at 04:18 PM
At 50 everyone should be retested. But that will never happen since our elected officials are cowards and the biggest voting bloc is the seniors. Shame on the families who didn't take the keys away long ago.
Libra December 11, 2012 at 05:26 PM
This does not surprise me. I hate to go to Walmart because I am either slamming on my breaks to avoid a senior who for no reason decides to stop short or cuts right into your lane completely oblivious to what's going on around them. the best is when they get out of the drivers seat and have to use their walkers to get into the store. There are no reflexes at that age. This is insane, when my father-in- law had a fender bender in a parking lot he had enough sense to announce he would no loger be driving and he was 78 at the time.
~Barb~ December 11, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I actually have to slam on my brakes more to avoid soccer moms in vans and young guys in swerving in sports cars more than I do for seniors...same area, rt 37 west.
. December 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Take a drive through Lakewood one morning during rush hour as I do on my way to work each morning. I assure you that the reason that you would be slamming on your brakes will not be a senior!
shorefriend December 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
50 really, that's a bit on the young side!! Not that I would know :)
Stan Buchwald December 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
We all forget,driving is a privilege,not a right. I understand it's hard for family's to take away the keys to an elder members vehicle. For some it means taking on added responsibility to care for them. For others they may not even live close to them. Let's face it,the roads are full of bad drivers,old,young and people that have been driving for years who think they are good drivers. Stickers on plates,laws against talking on phones. Nothing seems to make a difference . All I know is,some family won't have a loved one around for the holidays,and another will have to deal with the fact they were the cause of that. Retesting should be voluntary to a certain age,and mandatory after another. Untill that happens I'm afraid we will unfortunately read more of these types of these stories .
Lori Conklin December 12, 2012 at 02:31 AM
lori NOBODY has patience. Everyone is in a hurry. Give people a break once in awhile. It will not kill you to be nice!!!!!!!!
Tom March December 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM
In as much as i agree with most of what is being said here . How come I don't hear as much outrage for all of the younger highly aggressive drivers that statistically cause the majority of the fatal accidents. They are in the papers everyday.
Tom March December 12, 2012 at 01:35 PM
One more point and this is not to pick on any one group, just the facts. For years now the highest insurance premiums are for YOUNG FEMALE drivers ! There is only one reason for this. They cause the most accidents ! Think about it the next time you drive your cars !
Tom March December 12, 2012 at 02:05 PM
one more one more point ! Up until at least the 70's new driver premiums for female drivers were always the lowest. For good reasons they drove with the most caution caused the least amount of accidents and were considered the safest new drivers. Now they are just the most aggressive new drivers according to the insurance stats. What happened ? This change of attitude in driving has not been good for anyone. This is one of the down falls when a society tells everyone that we should all be just like each other. We lose the benefits of the differences between the sexes. We are not the same nor should we be unless we want to be nothing more than a unisex society. A lot of boring and unhappy people are the result. my 2 cents
VoiceofReason December 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Because this article is specifically about two 84 year old people.
VoiceofReason December 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Right. Because men do no wrong and are perfect drivers.
Tom March December 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Yes VoiceofReason it is about two 84 year old drivers that is rather obvious. Which is why I did say that I agreed with much of what is being said. I also feel it is appropriate to talk about the fact that whenever we read about this type of tragedy there never seems to be a shortage of senior bashing Yet the worse stats overwhelmingly are with other driver age groups but I see much less outrage for these other highly aggressive drivers who drive completely reckless. I believe we all see them on most any day of the week on the roads. So what I am saying in essence is that I feel that there is a bias toward the senior population that is unbalanced compared to the worse offenders on the road. And that is just my opinion but I have listened to the senior bashing all of my life. Still not a senior myself I just want to be honest. I have a feeling that some if not many who take every chance to bash seniors probably themselves have less than safe driving skills. Just saying LOL we should all be honest with ourselves before casting judgements about others then maybe make a change and become a safer driver. It would be good for all of us don't you think ?
Tom March December 12, 2012 at 03:30 PM
As I said VoiceofReason I was NOT making a Gender bias statement just a factual one. If we as a society have gotten so politically correct that we have to ignore the facts we are in worse shape than I think we are already in. Please do not take stats personally. I'm sure there are lots of statistics that are not flattering for males either that's just the way it is. So lets use this information to help better ourselves not knock each other down That is not my intent at all thank you
Tom March December 12, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Also I wonder how many people who have commented here spend time on the phone or text while driving ? The single biggest factor in fatal accidents just the facts check the stats not old people ! Lets see some criticism for those dangerous drivers ! They are all over the road every day ! Causing accidents big time, Everyone could lower the fatal crash rate today by never using the phone while driving ! And why don't the police enforce those laws. I can tell you why exactly. Because both the politicians and law enforcement are guilty of breaking those laws you see them on the road all the time making personal phone calls while driving . So while some people say that politics are involved in non senior testing which may be true. They also do not want to police themselves for what is now known to be the BIGGEST cause of accidents ! think about it and how do I know they are personal phone calls because you can see them on their personal cellphones all the time nice job 100 plus thousand a year and all the phone call you want while driving ! just saying


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