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UPDATED: Separate Parkway Crashes A Mile Apart Leave One Dead, One Facing DWI Charge

Paramus man killed in first crash; second crash 11 minutes later a mile farther north sends driver to hospital

A 27-year-old from Paramus was killed and a 23-year-old from Neptune was charged with drunken driving after two unrelated crashes on the northbound Garden State Parkway minutes apart Saturday morning, state police said.

The first accident, at mile marker 86.2, occurred about 7 a.m., when the 2003 Toyota Corolla left the road and crashed, killing Jeffrey Rosenberg of Paramus, according to N.J. State Trooper Christopher Kay.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver lost of control of the vehicle and ran off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected (a turn back to the right), spun around clockwise and then left the right side of the roadway. At that point, the car overturned and went into a grass embankment, striking a tree,” said Kay, who said the initial call came in at 7:03 a.m.

While police and emergency personnel were still attending to that scene, a second crash occurred just a mile further north, Kay said, with the call coming in at 7:14 a.m. that a 2003 white Lexus had left the road and struck a tree at mile marker 87.2.

In that incident, Justin Schwartz of Neptune, who was reportedly traveling in the center lane, lost control and went off the right side of the road. The car spun and struck a tree on the driver's side, trapping Schwartz.

Schwartz, who was extricated by the Toms River Fire Department and airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, is listed in stable condition there, Kay said.

“Sufficient evidence existed at the scene to charge Schwartz with DWI and careless driving,” Kay said, noting that the roads were clear and dry at the time of both crashes.

Assisting at the scene of the first crash were the Pleasant Plains Fire Department and the Ocean County Medical Examiner's Office, Kay added.

The trooper urged anyone with information on either accident to call the Bass River Station of the New Jersey State Police at 609-296-1027.

g June 03, 2012 at 12:52 PM
the driver lost of control of the vehicle
Kathie Bottazzi June 03, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Thoughts and prayer to all and their respective families... Loss of any young life is horrible..perhaps a lesson learned is the only positive which could possibly be found in this sad tale....my deepest sympathy.. There are no other words.
E M C June 03, 2012 at 07:33 PM
The article clearly states that both accidents occurred on the Northbound side of the pkwy. Ck YOUR reading comprehension, and the 1st sentence of the article. Good point about the drunk driver possibly causing 1st accident before continuing North. I wish there were more police presence on the pkwy for these erratic drivers. Especially this time of year. Especially the motorcyclists that weave in and out of heavy traffic at high rates of speed. Is especially hard to see them when they're coming up on your right to pass. I wish these were the only accidents that we were going to hear about this year. Wouldn't that be nice? Be extra careful everybody. My heartfelt condolences to the families of these young people.
Joseph Herbert June 04, 2012 at 06:25 AM
One thing the parkway crowd could do would be to make those rumble strips a whole lot wider and louder. Until recently I was a long haul tractor trailer driver and that road makes me sleepy! I just drove in from North Carolina, overnighting in DC, and I was fine till I got on the Parkway. I stopped at the Forked River Plaza for some Starbucks.
Bob Hockenfrocken June 04, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Where is any information in this article that indicates these people were in Atlantic City? Making uninformed assumptions is ridiculous.

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