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Toms River Woman, 30, Dies After Crashing into Utility Pole on Hooper

One-car crash under investigation

Police continue to investigate what caused Nicole Lavecchia, 30, of Toms River, to leave the road and fatally crash into a utility pole and sign on Hooper Avenue near Orchard Street.

Lavecchia died at the scene, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. Her white 2011 Hyundai Sonata was traveling northbound when it left the road and struck a utility pole, in a one-car accident still under investigation.

Lavecchia was alone in the car, said the police chief.

Bright orange spray paint from the investigation marked the curb and grass along Hooper northbound between Orchard and Franklin avenues this afternoon. The shattered glass from Lavecchia's car and the deep grooves in the dirt from tires could be found near a bent speed limit sign and a utility pole with a meter newly fastened to it.

The accident is the first vehicular fatality in 2012 for Toms River, said Mastronardy. 

Toms River Fire Company 1 & 2 responded to the accident that required Hooper Avenue to be closed from Dayton to Grand for two hours.

Traffic Safety Officers Eugene Bachonski and Robert Westfall are investigating along with Sergeant Raymond Maloney and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call police headquarters at 732-349-0150.

barbara March 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
so sad,RIP condolences to her family and friends.......
. March 13, 2012 at 03:21 AM
How very sad!
Becky March 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Deepest condolences to her family n friends.. What a tragic accident an so horrible to loose someone that so young!!!' rest in peace Nichole
fay March 14, 2012 at 01:51 PM
i was there on site when cops showed up it was the most devastating scene ive every seen, rip and i wish the family the best
Eric March 14, 2012 at 04:48 PM
R.I.P best wishes to the family of this women.
CHANGE_TR March 15, 2012 at 03:49 PM
very sad story...she is the mother of a young son too...RIP

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