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Dover Woods Resident Dies, Struck by Brick Driver on Route 9 in Toms River

Police said 11 p.m. Monday incident kills pedestrian, a 56 year-old Toms River man

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.

Can't shut me up April 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
This is the LAST place I would bring my loved ones. Obviously this place is lacking security and locks on the doors. Besides it being a DUMP.
LPN23 April 29, 2012 at 06:28 AM
I worked at dover woods for about 2 months, so I experienced it first hand... No one other than myself that worked there was American..None of the staff was licensed to give out medication..You had staff handing out narcotics, giving people insulin, anti-psych meds without any sort of training... majority of the residents were pocketing there meds bc they didnt want to take them or to sell them for money. None of the staff had training to even know to look out for this type of behavior. I ended my employment at dover woods bc at the time I was a nursing student & ethically, morally, emotionally I couldnt handle the conditions for these people. There was 1 nurse that ran the whole facility, she was on staff maybe 50% of the time. The only time the owners came was when there was a HUGE problem. The residents are free to come & go as they please most of them went to the liquor store/walgreens to buy robotussin to get high off of. The company has no rules against there behaviors or there where-abouts as this is considered an "boarding home". The residents are only aloud so much food at meal times &if the kitchen runs out of food, they are SOL. The cup to drink from are like baby cups, and the plates are super small... the food is the cheapest food you could imagine... and kosher bc its a jewish run facility. The residents dont have a choice in there meals. Residents pick up smoken cigarrette butts off the ground bc there state checks are 100% taken and they are left w/out money
LPN23 April 29, 2012 at 06:32 AM
The staff even eggs the residents on to get a rise out of them at times and obviously that ends in PESS being called... it was the worst place I ever worked out, I felt for these people and I even contacted the state regarding the issues at hand. The residents werent kept after for there hygiene, the rooms were a discgrace. My checks even bounced working there, there was never enough money in the payroll. It saddens me to say this, but I only hope now the state will look more into this facility but with the lack of placement for the mentally-ill, i doubt it.
bados December 19, 2012 at 01:11 PM
doctors from st. barnabus and community medical center send patients they have addicted to their valium and klonopin there.
bados December 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Something must be done about the way people are treated there

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