A 56-year-old resident of Dover Woods died after he was struck by a pick-up while walking in front of the Ramada Inn on Route 9 at 11 p.m. Monday, police said.
Edward Braden IV died not far from his home at Dover Woods, 1001 Route 70 in Toms River on the border with Lakewood.
Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said Braden was struck by a southbound 2006 Ford pick-up truck, driven by Michael Fennessey, 64, of Brick.
Toms River Police EMS transported Braden to Kimball Medical Center were he was pronounced, said the police chief.
Mastronardy said whether Braden was walking north or southbound on Route 9 or was crossing is still under investigation. Fennessey was driving southbound, he said.
The incident resulted in a several-hour detour of Route 9 between Route 70 and North Maple Road in Toms River, where Lakewood police assisted in detouring traffic.
While Mastronardy said this is the in Toms River this year, that area has seen three fatal accidents of Dover Woods residents in the last decade.
"Recently there were some improvements made with sidewalks, but it's a bad spot," he said.
He said the area of Dover Woods, which sits at the cross section of Route 9 and Route 70, is a frequent location of calls to police.
Mastronardy said police have responded to 45 calls at Dover Woods so far this year. "We've averaged 250 calls a year over the last several years," he said.
Traffic Safety Officer Robert Westfall is investigating along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.