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Toms River Woman Dead, Husband Critical in Afternoon Accident

Car collided with pickup truck on Route 70

Police continue to investigate a Sunday afternoon accident at Route 70 and Massachusetts Avenue in Toms River that claimed the life of a township woman, and sent her husband to a trauma center.

The names of the victims were not released, pending notification of family members, Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said. They were identified as a 77-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man.

The 5:15 p.m. accident occurred as the man was driving the couple's Toyota southbound on Massachusetts Avenue. He was making a left turn when the car collided with a northbound Ford F-250 pickup truck, Mastronardy said.

The woman was transported to Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood where she was pronounced dead. Her husband was flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The driver of the pickup refused medical attention, Mastronardy said.

Pleasant Plains Fire Company responded to the scene for extrication, and traffic was delayed in the area for two hours during the investigation, according to the chief.

The accident, still under investigation, is being probed by Toms River Traffic Safety Officers Brian Doyle, Robert Westfall, and David Bartoshek. Also investigating are officers with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.
Barbara December 15, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Prayers for all....
orgjrzgrl December 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM
So sad, especially this time of years, my condolences to the family. Such a bad intersection, when will something be done to prevent such tragedies there?
Glenn December 16, 2013 at 12:37 AM
When will something be done to prevent these accidents? When the state starts retesting driver at the age of 75. Oh, never.
The Captain December 16, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Can't tell you how many times I see a car cut out in front of me or do something totally unexpected and dangerous only to realize the driver is very old and "half out of it". The other day a car drove over a median curb about 10 ft short of the intersection, I was behind her and just knew it was probably and elderly person and sure enough when I finally passed her she looked like she was quite old as I expected. Its sad and we all get that way if we are lucky enough to make it that far but its scary. Not sure if that was the case in this incident but often it is.
The Captain December 16, 2013 at 06:28 AM
Just think soon you will start seeing old people using cell phones too while driving. Right now you dont so much since that generation didnt grow up with them. How scary is that. Distracted OLD people driving. Might as well let them drive drunk too. Maybe even have contests....
Project Bluebeam December 16, 2013 at 07:13 AM
Lots of wisecracks about seniors. It's still safer to ride in a car with a senior citizen than a member of the Jackson baseball team...or the Pine Beach suicide cult.
suz December 16, 2013 at 07:44 AM
Thank you Project...it was an accident. It could happen to anyone, any age, and at any time. The truck, for example, may have been speeding or on the cell phone or drinking and driving. We don't know. Stop with the senior bashing. My thoughts go out to the family of the people involved.
i don't get it?? December 16, 2013 at 07:45 AM
^ Bluebeam...absolutely ridiculous statement. One has nothing to do with the other and neither are funny.
BN December 16, 2013 at 08:26 AM
Teens and twentysomethings who drive while high and texting are a bigger problem than senior drivers.
SecretSquirrel December 16, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Even if the driver of the truck was drunk, high, speeding, AND using a cell phone the accident would still be the fault of the person who turned in front of him. Funny how if instead of an old person the driver was a teen there would not be a single person here defending them. Let the facts of the accident speak and not try and push your own agenda (whether pro or anti elderly folks).
read bull December 16, 2013 at 08:42 AM
all of you will be seniors someday!!
ramd December 16, 2013 at 09:06 AM
Senior bashing? How is it senior bashing? When I saw the headline and the location, I was sure there were seniors involved. It's not bashing to point out the fact that when there's an accident on 70 in TR or Manchester, there's likely a senior involved. All of us will be seniors one day? So what? Start retesting me now, at 49, maybe every 5 years, so that when the ability goes, so goes the privilege. These people don't have a right to drive forever. My grandmother had lost the ability to move her right arm, due to ALS, but still had a valid driver's license. How does that make sense?
suz December 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM
We all make stupid choices regardless of our age. Doesn't matter how old or how young you may be...
Joann Sarullo Brendler December 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Why is it that the only ones against retesting are the ones likely to fail? Prayers for all involved.
Project Bluebeam December 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM
The investigation is still in progress. No one here is privy to the details. You're implying that it's the fault of the senior driver when ZERO information has been released that definitively proves she was culpable. Retest seniors? Sure...and raise the driving age to 21 too.
Linda Maloney December 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM
My thoughts and prayers to their family. It's funny how offended we are now when people are blaming an age group for most of the serious accidents that have occurred recently. It's just awful to be discriminated against in any manner, isn't it? I hope you all feel the same way when you read about a crime reported here and you all jump to conclusions blaming African-Americans or Latinos' before we receive any further information on who committed the crime. Discrimination is wrong on all levels!!!!
Sarah Cathrine December 16, 2013 at 09:44 PM
The sad thing is you are all quick to point fingers about someone's age. Someone lost a wife!!!!! That's the major point to the story! I guess you skipped that part. My heart goes out to family that lost their loved one on that tragic day!!!
Krystal's Mary Kay December 16, 2013 at 11:25 PM
All of you who are blaming the seniors are very messed up, you don't know the circumstances of how it happened it could have been the trucks fault for all we know,it's still being investigated, you don't know unless you were there!! Everything you are saying is very offensive. You don't know who's reading your RUDE comments!! I knew the couple and yea, sure they were senior citizens but they were very active and alert people. Accidents can happen to ANYONE AT ANY AGE!! And especially on that part of 70! It's a highly dangerous area, even for me, who's in my late 20s. People really need to watch what they say, bc you never know who can see them. Like I said, I am a friend and its upsetting to see people talk badly about the couple in the accident just bc if their age!! You weren't there, you don't know the circumstances, so keep your senior bashing out!!
suz December 17, 2013 at 05:40 AM
Amen Krystal...
Dorothy Matteo December 30, 2013 at 09:58 AM
Rt. 70 is a mess, when the hell are they going to finish working on it and lower the speed limits?


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