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UPDATE: Barnegat Woman Seriously Injured In Parkway Crash

Her passenger, a Barnegat man, also was injured when SUV overturned near Exit 81

A Barnegat woman was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center's Trauma Center after the sports utility vehicle she was driving overturned near Exit 81 late Thursday afternoon, state police said.

Diane M. Navarro, 47, suffered unspecified injuries when the Mercury Mountaineer she was driving went off the Parkway and struck a light pole and came to rest on the exit ramp shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Bass River barracks of the New Jersey State Police. She and her passenger, John Bebel, 48, of Barnegat, both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, police said.

Conditions on Navarro and Bebel were not immediately available.

Navarro was extricated from the Mountaineer by firefighters from Toms River Fire Companies Stations 25 and 26, according to Toms River Fire District 1 Chief John H. Lightbody.

Lightbody said Station 26 Fire Chief Jeff Cirz, the first arriving fire officer, found Bebel outside the SUV attempting to help Navarro, who was trapped under it.

The firefighters "performed a lift of the vehicle using air bags, in order to raise the vehicle off of the entrapped victim, and allowing for emergency medical services to access and treat the patient," Lightbody said. Navarro was removed from beneath the vehicle within ten minutes of being dispatched, he said.

Both Navarro and Bebel were treated at the scene initially by the Lacey First Aid Squad, which had just left Community Medical Center after a separate incident, and by Toms River EMS. Bebel was taken to Jersey Shore by Toms River EMS.

Pleasant Plains Fire Company provided an engine to stand-by for the medivac  helicopter, said Lightbody, who oversaw the rescue for the fire department.

The northbound lanes of the Parkway were temporarily shut down, state police said. The state police Fatal Investigation and Crime Scene units investigated at the scene. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office assisted as well.

Frankie Kuster August 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Thanks Kim....shes doing much better but its gonna take time! Check out Friends and Family for Diane Kuster Navarro on Facebook. Updates and prayers for my sister updated everyday.
Frankie Kuster August 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Was she cut off Angela? The family still hasn't received the police report.
John M. Bebel August 21, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Update for (Sunday 8/19/12) Tough day. Diane is still off all sedation and has no IV drips, all her medication is PRN (or as needed) While I was visiting Diane there was no reaction to touch or voice like there was last time. She did open her eyes, however, she did not recognize me, didn't follow my finger and didn't follow verbal commands, I told her about her kids, the accident, that she didn't hurt anyone else I told her about Sharon and Ponch, and some of her other good friends that were reaching out to her. But there was still no reaction. After a few more minutes She fell asleep and I was briefed by the nurse who said she was the same as Saturday.
John M. Bebel August 21, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Update (Monday 8/20/12): Most of Diane's day was taken up by Doctors preparing for the procedure or if need be, the surgery to place a feeding tube that feeds directly into her stomach or intestines. If the first x-ray guided attempt doesn't work they will have to perform surgery to place it in the proper spot. The doctors were checking her blood work, prepping for blood infusions if necessary, and just making sure she was ready and would comfortable. After several hours she finally came out of "specials" where the x-ray guided procedure worked. During my time with her she stayed asleep and I know she was happy to get the feeding tube removed from her throat she HATES those tubes and is always refusing to have them put in. Lets hope she stabilizes from the procedure and makes some more progress. Thanks for your love and prayers.
sickofcrooks August 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
If I were Diane, I would never want to wake up. I would not want to face the embarrassment my family has put me through by blogging about myself and my personal business for all to see.


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