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Toms River Woman Who Died in Route 70 Accident Identified

Accident still under investigation and driver still hospitalized

Toms River police have identified the township couple who were involved in a fatal accident on Route 70 Sunday afternoon.

Nancy Thorne, 77, died of the injuries she sustained after the Toyota being driven by her husband, Ronald Thorne, 78, collided with a pickup truck as he was headed southbound on Massachusetts Avenue near the Route 70 intersection.

The couple lived on Meadow Lake Drive in the Lakeridge Community, said Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

Ronald Thorne was making a left turn from the southbound lane when his car collided with a northbound Ford F-250 pickup truck being driven by Steven Lindley, 51, of Beachwood, Mastronardy said.

No summonses have been issued as a result of the accident, which is still under investigation, according to Mastronardy.

Ronald Thorne is still hospitalized at Jersey Shore University Medical Center after being medevaced there following the accident. Lindley was not injured.
Barbara December 16, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Praying for the family....
barbara December 16, 2013 at 06:34 PM
So sad........
chris Christie December 16, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Another older drive, when will people learn that once you hit 70, driving is no longer safe.
Krystal's Mary Kay December 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM
It's so RUDE for people to say that it's bc of the people age that they got into an accident! Accidents happen at any age to ANY one!! I knew the Thornes and they were good safe drivers who were very with it!! You don't know the circumstances of the accident don't just assume it was the Thornes fault bc of their age! If you don't have something nice to say don't post bc friends and family (like me) of the Thornes can read it and don't appreciate it! Mrs. Thorne was a good women and my condolences go out to her family. It's tragic that we have to mourn her death now.
barbara December 17, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Sorry for your loss Krystal and for the family. I was almost hit head on a few weeks ago coming out of 7-11 by a young man in a pick up truck. Luckily, someone was watching over me. True, we don't know the circumstances here, but people are always quick to judge. Yes, there are a lot of older drivers out there who should not be behind the wheel, I see that also, but in this case we don't really know whose fault it was.
Project Bluebeam December 17, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Everyone just flag tat SOB's comment. It's about time the Patch Mods do their damn job. AOL flunkies.


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