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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 medivacĀ  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.

Jeff Scott August 13, 2012 at 06:55 PM
@Kim.....you may want to clarify your statement regarding Cathys Law. It is NOT illegal for "anyone" to take pics/video of an accident scene, it is for "first responders" “Out of basic decency and respect, accident victims and their horrible ordeal simply should not be put on public display by (first aid and fire) first-responders who are entrusted with caring for these persons, unless otherwise permitted by accident victims or their families." The general public are not penalized under the Law unless they belong to one of the aforementioned classes.
Barbara Emmanouilidis August 13, 2012 at 09:06 PM
God bless diane! I have known her since she was three years old . She is one of the sweetest, kindest people on earth. Please everyone pray for her. Frankie, I talked to your Mom for over an hour today. Ian still in shock, I didn't sleep all night after I read the posts on Facebook. Diane deserves so much better. I am praying for her and her girls as well as you and Dina and your mom and dad. If there is anything I can do please feel free to contact me. I stll think something is fishy, the whole thing stinks.
Brenda mattessich August 15, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I know Disne from Our days at dance school with our girls she is an amazing and dedicated mother and I am so sad to hear about this news. I am praying for Diane karlee and Lexi . Diane keep fighting !
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 03:54 PM
This is her Husband John. Diane had two emergency brain surgeries, the first to stop bleeding and remove a large aneurism, the second of which they removed part of her temporal lobe and a blood clot. She received a tracheotomy today and is still listed in critical condition. We were traveling northbound in the number 2 lane when someone entered our lane and made Diane swerve, over correct and cross 2 lanes of traffic. When the tires gripped the curb/dirt of the Lakehurst road (exit 81) ramp the truck flipped on it's side takings out the light pole with the "B Post" which is next to her head and left shoulder. She broke 5 ribs and her collar bone. If you look at the two photos, I'm the person in the blue shirt maintaining my wife's c-spine. THANKS TO ALL WHO STOPPED AND HELPED!!!!! Toms river and Lacey EMS you rock. Station 25, 26 and Pleasant Plains you kick ass, 10 minute extraction, awesome!!!! From a former Station 47 member. My humble thank you!
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM
We were not exiting. we were cut off by someone who didn't realize the lane was an exit only until the last minute.
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Since you and you're family have been visiting Diane, you might want to think about retracting this or maybe an apology. You're a big man and talk tough try eating some humble pie some times.
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 04:03 PM
As her husband, and her family have been notified of her condition, please feel free to post any photos you feel appropriate. If you need direct permission or just want to send the photos to me (her husband) directly just email them to jbebel47@hotmail.com again thanks for all your prayers.
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Again bad mouthing me Frankie. You don't know when I visit her, I've missed 1 day and that was the day of her 2nd brain surgery. When was the last time you or you mother or your father came to visit her when she was in the hospital in the last three months alone.......oh, that would be zero. She was in for a week each time, three times. So you're living in a glass house and throwing stones.
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Yes Diane is my third wife. The first one is still living a few miles from me so I can see my two kids. My 2nd wife died of leukemia, and Diane is in critical condition from a car accident.
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Again bad mouthing me. I have no blogs, nor fundraisers. And I agree, any money donated should go directly to her children........let me guess through YOU Frankie......your a joke.
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I repeat I have no fund raiser, so if there is one out there, DO NOT DONATE, IT'S A SCAM!!!
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM
What exactly is fishy, Diane is in CCU. Period.
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Very mysterious Frankie, what kind of conspiracy do you think happened, was she really a spy and taken out by the government? Or was it an alien that appeared to make her swerve.....please let us in on your top secret information that you have. Careful about making accusations, they can come back to bite you in the ass and make you look foolish.
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Careful about making accusations. They can come back to bite you in the all and in your case make you look even more foolish.
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 05:58 PM
You all are so sorry for poor Frankie......the Truth is Months ago Frankie, her mother and her father, wrote her a letter telling her that she was DEAD TO THEM, Diane was in the hospital a dozen times since then and NOT one of them called or visited, not one of them have talked, emailed nor texted her since about Februaryish. So this is the ultimate pot calling the kettle black!!!!!!
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
You all are so sorry for poor Frankie......the Truth is Months ago Frankie, her mother and her father, wrote her a letter telling her that she was DEAD TO THEM, Diane was in the hospital a dozen times since then and NOT one of them called or visited, not one of them have talked, emailed nor texted her since about Februaryish. So this is the ultimate pot calling the kettle black!!!!!! NONE of you know the truth of the hell her family has put her through.
Drivingtoofar August 16, 2012 at 06:09 PM
The caps lock key is an option...not a requirement
John M. Bebel August 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Latest update (2:15pm 8/16/12) Diane is still in CRITICAL condition in the CCU. She now has a tracheotomy due to the extreme swelling in her mouth and throat. She has a broken right collar bone, several broken left ribs, they placed a PICC (Central Line) to administer multiple medications at once. She has a chest tube to drain the blood from her chest so as not to collapse her left lung, (Her O2 sat is running abut at 50%, EXTREMELY LOW) but it's now back up to 98% so the chest tube has worked. The attempted to place a feeding tube (called a PEG) through her side directly into her stomach for nutrition, but due to her 2 ulcer surgeries they were unsuccessful. (Thats a setback!) She is on Propofol (killed Michael Jackson) and fentanyl Both used in the OR to keep patients out and pain free. So for those of you whom have gone through surgery, Diane can "hear" like someone undergoing surgery........meaning the reality is she has no Idea what is going on, nor what anyone is saying. Her entire head is shaved again and she is almost unrecognizable. A portion of her LEFT Temporal Lobe was removed, here's a link to what the temporal lobe controls. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporal_lobe). This morning they took her off the sedation to do an assessment of capabilities. She DID NOT wake up. (this was unexpected and a setback) Her neurological test showed she had no appreciable nerve damage, however they were not able to wake her up. She needs prayers. Thank you.
John M. Bebel August 17, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Susan Brown. Thank you for you comment. If you were the woman that called 911 and got the helicopter in the air, you saved her life by getting her there faster. As I was in the ambulance arriving at JSUMC Diane was landing in the helicopter, so she got to the hospital before I did. Again, thank you for pulling over and helping in any way that you did!!!
Susan Brown August 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
No problem John. Im upset by people who are posting comments and they don't know how or why it happened. I was right behind you guys when you swerved and saw the accident. It's been hard to think about anything else. Hang in there. I know it must be hell.
Xavier August 17, 2012 at 09:01 PM
SNAP! I love seeing know-it-alls get shot down.
NewsLover August 18, 2012 at 03:29 AM
How do u know?
NewsLover August 18, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Sometimes if you really love someone unconditionally you have to employ tough love - as someone else asked was a drug test performed?
John M. Bebel August 19, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Latest Update (8/18/12) She's been off the sedation for more than 48 hours and has made some positive progress. She is now breathing with the ASSISTANCE of the ventilator. Which means she initiates a breath and the machine just helps fill her lungs. They had her completely off of the ventilator for a few hours today and was able to breath completely on her own!! They will do this periodically to strengthen her lungs and diaphragm. Also she partially opened her eyes a few times today. Unfortunately when her eyes were open she did not follow any objects nor follow any commands. But it's still progress in the right direction. When I was with her today there was a significant change (increase) in her breathing rate when I held her hand or rubbed her arm. Which to me is an indication she is probably reacting to touch. HOWEVER if you happen to be visiting her DO NOT rub her left arm, remember she has a broken LEFT COLLAR BONE, touching or rubbing that arm may be painful to her. Lets hope each day brings more progress. Thank you all for praying for Diane and keeping her in your thoughts.
John M. Bebel August 19, 2012 at 05:17 AM
SUSAN BROWN, I'm sorry you have been deeply bothered by what you saw. (Diane was driving at the time) It might help you to know that her concern was trying NOT to hit someone else on the parkway. At least she was successful in that, and I tell her that every time I visit her. You're absolutely right, at a time when people, especially family should be pulling together, the focus seems to be on everything BUT Diane's health or progress. I will keep posting her condition until she gets better. All the other people belong in hell, but I'm sure they are getting good nights sleep, unlike those of us who experienced it. Just know you did everything you could and none of this accident was your fault, I hope you get some rest and know I (and Diane) appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.
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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