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Victim in Fatal Route 9 Accident Identified

No charges expected to be filed, police say

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Toms River police say the pedestrian who was struck and killed Sunday night on Route 9 in Toms River was crossing the roadway against a traffic signal and was not in a crosswalk when he was struck.

The 9:27 p.m. accident happened near the intersection of Route 9 and Clover Road, said police spokesman Ralph Stocco. There, a man identified as Joseph Oconnell Jr., 72, of Roberts Road in Toms River, was declared dead at the scene.

Stocco said an investgation by police showed Oconnell was crossing the roadway against his designated pedestrian signal and was not in the designated crosswalk when he was struck by a 2004 Jeep Wrangler being driven by Christopher Baron, 18, of Ruby Drive in Toms River. Baron had a green light at the time of the accident.

Neither Baron nor his passenger, Michael Rourke, 19, of Seaside Park, were injured.

Traffic was detoured for several hours and Route 9 was closed in both directions between Route 70 and North Maple Avenue while the investigation continued overnight.

Charges are not expected to be filed against the driver of the Jeep, Stocco said.

Toms River Traffic Officers David Bartoshek and Mark Nater are leading the investigation with assistance from Ocean County Prosecutors Detective Craig Ally and detectives from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigative Unit.
A-Ball May 19, 2014 at 03:23 PM
AN INTERESTING ARTICLE ABOUT DOVER WOODS : http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/04/mental_health_official_poses_a.html
Daniel Nee May 19, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Thanks for posting the link to that Ledger story. Was looking for it but didn't remember which publication it was.
suz May 19, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Sad...maybe just went for a burger or something.
Kris Tina May 19, 2014 at 07:37 PM
this is absolutely tragic. this man would spend his days in a drunken stupor wandering the plaza trying to get people to buy him liquor. he was harmless but bothered the patrons. the cops were called on him many times but nothing was ever really done. It's a shame that no one tired to help him get into a rehab of some sort. probably too intoxicated to notice the crosswalk signs. sad all around.
Revolution May 20, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Is the part of RT 9 that goes one lane in each direction?

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