Update: Jeep Overturned Multiple Times in Two-Car Collision at Oak, Hooper Avenues

Red jeep overturned on Oak; collision necessitates road closures, slows traffic


The female driver of a Jeep that overturned in a two-vehicle accident at Hooper and Oak avenues was ejected from the vehicle as the Jeep rolled over multiple times, police said.

The Jeep collided with a 1995 sedan making a left turn onto Hooper Avenue from Oak Avenue westbound, police said. The driver of the Jeep was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and the other driver was uninjured, police said.

Although helicopter transport was readied for the victim, she was transported by medi-vac to the trauma center in Neptune after treatment at the scene by local EMS, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

The name of the victim was not released due to notification of kin, said the police chief.

Mastronardy said witnesses reported the sedan was westbound on Oak Avenue making a left turn onto Hooper Avenue southbound.

“After the crash, the Jeep overturned numerous times and the 45 year-old female passenger was ejected from the jeep,” said Mastronardy.  The other driver, Judy Schwartz, 55, of Walnut Street was not injured in the collision, he said.

Traffic Safety Officers Gary Flynn, Eugene Bachonski and Steven Schwartz are investigating along with the Ocean County Prosecutors Office and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

Traffic detours in place for more than an hour were cleared before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Original story: The parking lot at theis currently being used as a staging area for a Monoc 1 helicopter as authorities ready to transport wounded motorists after a two-vehicle crash.

Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the collision shortly after 7 p.m. near the intersection of Hooper and Oak avenues has left a red Jeep overturned in the roadway.

Traffic is slow along Hooper Avenue northbound, as fire, police and EMS investigate the collision that occurred in the westbound lane of Oak Avenue, which is closed from the Hooper intersection to the Ocean County Mall.

The collision scene and helicopter arrival is impacting traffic even further, as motorists traveling westbound on Oak Avenue are being detoured through the l parking lot to access Hooper or Bay avenues.

Additionally, the jughandle from Hooper northbound to Oak is closed, and motorists are not currently permitted to make a right from Boxelder Drive to Oak Avenue.

The extent of injuries and the number of wounded motorists could not be immediately ascertained. Check back with Patch for more details.

Ray C. August 18, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Joseph, NJ is THE densest state by population: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_population_density 1 New Jersey 1,196 inhabitants per square mile (462 /km2) 2 Rhode Island 1,018 inhabitants per square mile (393 /km2) 3 Massachusetts 839.4 inhabitants per square mile (324.1 /km2) 4 Connecticut 738.1 inhabitants per square mile (285.0 /km2) 5 Maryland 594.8 inhabitants per square mile (229.7 /km2) 6 Delaware 460.8 inhabitants per square mile (177.9 /km2) 7 New York 411.2 inhabitants per square mile (158.8 /km2) 8 Florida 350.6 inhabitants per square mile (135.4 /km2) 9 Pennsylvania 283.9 inhabitants per square mile (109.6 /km2) 10 Ohio 282.3 inhabitants per square mile (109.0 /km2)
lalamama August 18, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Oh my GOSH. What are you people talking about?! GaryR said it all. ***Patch is turning into a Social Media site for people to blurt out anything they can dream up in a quasi public setting. If this keeps up, Patch will lose credibility and be rendered useless. Nowadays, it's all about 'perception'...not the real content involved. *** This article (which has a completely different spin on Asbury Park Press..) has said nothing about age, gender...texting..or cell phone use. None of these played a role in the accident. There was an illegal (attempted) turn made by the driver of the Jeep, who is 57 and wasn't wearing her seatbelt. There's really no sense for everyone to take an article about a bad accident and turn it into an online melee against anyone who isn't YOURSELF driving. I hope the driver will pull out of this. Her injuries are pretty bad. It's unfortunate that everyone learns lessons the hard way.....regardless of age or gender.
lalamama August 18, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Credibility is the quality of being believable or worthy of trust. I enjoy Patch and read it probably once a day if not more. But I agree with the other reader that if Patch allows nonsense piss*ng matches to carry on- in the form of comments on their articles....that's what Patch will be known for. Take Care.
Billabong August 19, 2011 at 12:06 AM
I don't agree with everything on the comments section but there is a relevant debate going on. This story deals with one of a number of accidents that have been recently reported locally. Why these accidents are occurring and what can be done to increase safety on the roads is absolutely relevant to this article. The comments by posters have no bearing on the quality of news reported by Patch . If the comments section annoys you, simply skip it and read the news only.
BN August 19, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Joe needs to do some research! :http://www.nj.gov/transportation/refdata/research/reports/FHWA-NJ-2008-005.pdf It's the kiddies causing most of the accidents.
BN August 19, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Jackson HS baseball players have killed more people behind the wheel than senior citizens have.
Ray C. August 19, 2011 at 01:39 AM
As one of the people who probably needs to get a life... :) Seriously, though, I'm continually annoyed by people on newspaper comment boards throwing out "facts" that are easily refuted with a little bit of research and thinking. I've seen too much bulletin board nonsense about how everything is worse, nothing is right, everything's the fault of one political party or another, and if we just kicked out all them evil illegal immigrants, everything would be just like it was when we were kids. There are serious problems out there, but they're only going to get solved by getting the facts straight. Here's one stat that was completely missed in all the arguing- driving's much safer today than it's ever been. Look at the stats that have been provided in the articles- accident fatalities have dropped quite a lot over the years. This is partially due to better car construction, and partially due to better medicine, and partially due to better EMS services. Does that provide any comfort to the family of this accident's victim? Probably not. But while we're all freaking out about how terrible driving is, we should remember that it's a lot safer than it used to be.
Joseph Herbert August 19, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Ray, as with any numeric data, there are multiple interpretations, when multiple data sources become involved, the interpretations become more divergent. We can agree to disagree on that; but I can wholeheartedly agree with your most recent post.
Ray C. August 19, 2011 at 02:37 AM
No, Joseph, we can't agree. *ugh*
Paul E Taylor Jr August 19, 2011 at 02:58 AM
hey BN, where did you get that stat from? Seniors are the LEADING CAUSE of accidents maybe not in them but they cause them. Look at the seniors that pull out on RT 37 and do 20 MPH and dont speed up at all, right in front of on coming traffic, it was so nice before the old farts came here in 1968 LOL YES I AM AN ORIGINAL FROM TOMS RIVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carol Aller August 19, 2011 at 04:56 AM
Okay boys, play nice! Enough of the personal attacks. This is not the place. And U can always find any statistic U want if U search the internet long enough so don't believe everything U read. However, Ocean and Monmouth County DOES have a higher accident fatality count than other counties, but I think it's gone down recently. Anyway, that aside. Bottom line is that ALL age groups have lousy drivers and ALL age groups have good drivers, but I do find that more and more people disregard our laws today. Most seniors were raised in a more respectful generation & from what I've experienced they do have more respect FOR the law. I don't need to look at the pics to know about this intersection. I Know it personally as I have had to live with this insane intersection ever since it was built! When I moved to my home in 73 Hooper was a 2 lane country road. No O.C. Mall, no restaurants, gas station, etc. Just Bey Lea Dairy on Oak, Williamson's Real Estate, a house where the Exxon Station now sits,& everything else was open land! FYI-Turning left from Oak Ave E. to Hooper Ave. North was banned when the Exxon was built. It was supposed to prevent potential accidents of cars slowed down to enter the station. If you go straight across that intersection you can't turn left in the station either, but yet you can turn into the back of TJI's from the jug handle!!?? Stupid is as stupid does! Like I said previously, just too many things wrong with this intersection to mention here. .
Carol Aller August 19, 2011 at 04:56 AM
Oh...and PS....PS I hope the woman in the Jeep is doing well and recovers quickly. To everyone else out there....slow down and the only thing you should be doing while you're driving is...duh...DRIVING!! =) Peace !
BN August 19, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Is it really that difficult to type the entire word "you"?
Saint Tommy August 19, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Hey BN who cares how you/u/hew is spelled !Oh wait i guess U do !
Carol Aller August 19, 2011 at 01:12 PM
I knew someone would have to snark about the fact that I used"U" instead of You. Aaghf! . If you had bothered to check you would have known that comments are only allowed so many words/letters in a post. That's why.
Saint Tommy August 19, 2011 at 01:31 PM
U tell em carol U go girl !!
BN August 19, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Thanks for exemplifying what is wrong with Abbott schools. Don't bitch when American jobs get shipped overseas.
Carol Aller August 19, 2011 at 01:54 PM
What does the Abbott schools have to do with this article/subject?
LA RUE August 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM
My God ...I couldn't have said it better myself!!! Cheers to you lala
Paul E Taylor Jr August 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Well the story has not been updated. We dont know the name of the person, or their age. My guess is that she is young since it is the type of Jeep that I cant see a older person driving. No mention of cell phones etc. Some of the comments have speculated on all sorts of reasons for the accident. One thing is almost certain, she had to have turned the wheel hard since these vehicles tend to roll over. Did anyone see any other stories from the local papers on this ?
Paul E Taylor Jr August 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Nope, the driver of the jeep was 45 years old, that shoots my theory to hell LOL, but she was not wearing a seat belt and according to the APP charges are pending, and she is in critical condition
LA RUE August 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM
T.R.Patch!...I could only hope that you {A journalist} are subjected to have to read through some of the b.s. that people write on this site.The comments on the way people write and spell, and the personal attacks.. When I was first introduced to this site, I really thought it was informative and a great way to get to the people, I now hear the pettyness and ignorance of some " People".Could you please have another delete some of the crap that we have to read through to get to the real story.High school was a long time ago.
Gino De Lucia August 20, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Due to the fact that so many comments are becoming so personal & being aimed at one another, it might be more fitting to change the name of this site to the TOMS RIVER BOXING MATCH! GROW UP PEOPLE!
Paul E Taylor Jr August 20, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Really?????????? Seems to be more of WWE, LOL
Joanne August 20, 2011 at 01:52 PM
What's with jackass comments can't you talk decently to people?
Gino De Lucia August 20, 2011 at 02:04 PM
It's pretty obvious that they can't help it; it's their mentality!
Joanne August 20, 2011 at 02:37 PM
O.K. Saint Tommy one in the same person??????
godisgood August 20, 2011 at 02:53 PM
I'm not a saint, and my name ain't Tommy whatever that is supposed to mean
Gino De Lucia August 20, 2011 at 03:01 PM
This thread has now turned into ridiculous, childish shouting match circus about things that have absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter of the article; therefore, I hereby ask the editor in charge to do the right thing: close it to further comments!
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 20, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Comments with personal attacks, obscenity and libelous statements are not tolerated and are flagged for deletion. Do not make them. A reminder to keep the debate civil.


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