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Lakehurst Police Officer Struck At Accident Scene

A Lakehurst police officer was injured in a crash Thursday while assisting in another accident, police said.

At approximately 8:27 pm, Officer Jason Guide, 25, was assisting with a two car motor vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of Route 37 and Commonwealth Boulevard when he was struck by a passing motor vehicle, police said.

Guide was standing on the paved eastbound shoulder of the roadway speaking with witnesses to the motor vehicle crash, when he was struck by a red Volkswagen Beetle traveling east on Route 37.

The VW was being operated by Fredrick Shouldice, 54, of Toms River.

The officer was not injured as a result of the impact with the vehicle’s passenger side view mirror. The officer was on duty and in uniform at the time of the incident.

He was utilizing a marked Lakehurst Police vehicle that had its emergency lights activated.

Motorists should use caution when approaching emergency vehicles with flashing lights, police said.

John E January 31, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Glad he's ok...but next time when speaking with witnesses be completely off the road and this means the shoulder too.
WhtgJohn January 31, 2014 at 03:53 PM
I too am glad the officer is okay. However, sometimes it isn't possible for the officer to be completely off the road John. My question is: Why the VW couldn't see the Emergency Lights Flashing, and why he couldn't judge how close his VW was to the patrol car and flashing lights. There really is absolutely no excuse for missing the emergency lights and hitting the side of the patrol car.
Sharon H February 01, 2014 at 09:16 AM
The officer did nothing wrong. He was on the passenger side of the car, where he was supposed to be. No excuses. It looks like the driver that hit him was simply not paying attention (on the cell phone, perhaps?)
Gary G. February 01, 2014 at 09:26 AM
John, good point blame the cop for getting hit by a car while he was out of the travel lane with flashing emergency lights activated. It's not the drivers fault for being careless and failing to reduce speed or move over as the law requires.
connie February 01, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Gary, that was my first thought, that NJ has the move over law...probably wasn't paying attention...
John E February 01, 2014 at 11:47 AM
I wasn't there and didn't see any pictures of this accident so I guess some posters here was there. I'm going by this article only. The VW didn't hit the patrol car. To me the patrol car was parked on the east bound shoulder with lights on..VW going by..was he speeding or doing 10 MPH due to accident there I don't know? Officer most likely talking to people on the shoulder in front of his patrol car and standing right near the line of the shoulder and the right lane of 37 east. The VW passenger side mirror clipped the officer..not like he was ran over. Could it be the left lane was closed still because of vehicle/debris involved in accident was still there and only right lane open and VW driver stayed closer to the right for this reason...would stay far right in the lane if that was the situation Who know why it happen but I doubt the driver was speeding coming up to an accident scene.
John E February 01, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I know most Lakehurst officers and never heard of this Guide on the force.
Lisa Vecchione February 02, 2014 at 09:43 AM
I did pass by the scene, moments after it happened. There was a car smashed into the center divider - I hope all involved are o.k. There were 2 more cars on the shoulder of the east bound 37 side closer to the jug handle, pretty banged up, again I hope all are o.k. - the car window was covered on one of the vehicles. The VW was up a bit further up on the 37 east bound side, pulled over. As I approached the scene, heading east on 37, it was very chaotic and there was no officer directing traffic at that time. I am sure they were assisting those involved but it was flashing lights all over and no clear direction for those passing by. I hope the officer is also o.k.

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