Manchester CVS Crash Killing Bench-Sitting Man Could Have Been Worse

So say observers who say this Manchester CVS is a target

The cashier, who was on the other side of the counter inside the CVS store in Manchester, came close to serious injury and could have been killed.

The cashier was able to jump over the counter and get out of the way once the car struck a man outside the store.

If the car had come through the wall at all, he could have been dead.

These were some of the observations made at the scene when a 73-year-old Whiting man who died recently after a vehicle struck him while he was sitting on a bench, police said.

Joseph O'Connor was sitting on the bench in front of the Route 530 CVS store when he was struck and killed by a 2012 Subaru Forester wagon.

The wagon was operated by Evelyn Treibly, 76, also of Whiting, police said. O'Connor died as a result of the injuries he sustained from being pinned against the building by the vehicle, police said.

Brian Klimakowski, Manchester's police chief, said the matter is under investigation. At this point, he said, nothing from the investigation has indicated that Treibly could facing serious criminal charges.

This may not have been the first time the CVS was struck: One person who was on the scene, but declined to have their name used, said: Usually when people drive into the building, it's because they hit the gas instead of the brake by mistake.

Efforts to obtain comment from CVS' headquarters were unsuccessful this past week.

Various people who chose to remain anonymous have written to Manchester Patch to express their perspectives on the matter, including some on-the-scene observations.

Some of those observations include:

After the accident, the cashier called 911 and the store manager, while one of the other employees tended to O'Connor outside while waiting for the police and ambulance to arrive.

Another employee helped the cashier close the store and clear the people away from the scene.

Either at the family home or somewhere near the scene, some tried to comfort O'Connor's wife as best as possible. But after about 20 minutes, Mrs. O'Connor was told the tragic news.

The driver was kept back in the pharmacy, appearing a bit frazzled. One observer said it seemed as if she was attempting to park in a no-parking zone between two handicap parking spaces.

Instead, the car came right up the handicap ramp, hit O'Connor, then the bench, then the store; thus pinning O'Connor against the wall.

The CVS Pharmacy also sustained damage and was temporarily closed until the Manchester building inspector could conduct an investigation.

This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Traffic Safety Bureau.

PeopleAnnoyMe February 20, 2013 at 01:00 PM
When will NJ see that we HAVE TO, HAVE TO RE-TEST SENIORS!!!!!!!! I know it will suck being told you can no longer drive BUT in these senior developments they have buses to take them where they need to go.. Come on NJ- RE-TEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bill February 20, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I agree 100%. They just don't have the reflexes or in alot of cases the eyesight anymore. It's sad someone dies because of this.
John February 20, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Recommed those cemet and steel posts that are embeded into the sidewalk to protect the public and the building. How many buildings have vehicles crashed into in Ocean County, not just Manchester. I remember a bank in Manchester being struck some time ago also.
Manchester Fan February 20, 2013 at 03:32 PM
However, not ALL seniors live in these developments or have access to "public transportation" and those buses don't take them to wherever they want to go. They only take them to designated predetermined common destinations. A bus will not take someone to their kids house, to a specific church, to a friends address, or even the shopping center of their preference. The reason we see so many accidents involving seniors is largely due to the fact that we have so many seniors in the area. If statistics showed that more accidents were caused by brown eyed people should we single them out to be retested as well? I agree with retesting, but it needs to be done by everyone, not just a certain age. Besides, how hard can the test be?...I see kids everyday driving, talking, texting, etc and they passed.
Josef Kramer February 20, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I hope they charge her and she spends her last days behind bars where she belongs!
karen s. February 20, 2013 at 04:51 PM
That's pretty harsh lets all remember that non of us will escape the aging process. You too will be there some day. And while I agree we ourselves have to come to terms with giving up our independence as we age it must be very difficult to let go of your independence. And do we even know the details of the situation was it solely her age causing this incident?? There are 40 year old people have heart attacks or black outs while driving, should they have their driving privliages revolked and be put behind bars too til their last days??? Or how bout drunk or drug influenced 20,30 40 year old drivers how do you think their reflexes are???? Let's just take everybody off the road so we can all be safe.
PeopleAnnoyMe February 20, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I'm not like everyone on here that needs to defend there comments BUT come on Manchester Fan you sound kinda stupid for your comment.. As Bill said when you become a certain age your eye sight is not great, your reflexes SUCK, your legs don't exactly move when you want.. I work for an insurance company so I am not speaking about something I know nothing about.. THEY NEED TO RE-TEST AND THAT IS THAT.
Billabong February 20, 2013 at 05:57 PM
We do know the most important detail: an innocent man was hit and killed by a car simply because he sat on a bench. To just write off this type of accident because we live in an area with a high senior population is irresponsible and dangerous.
Anthony DellaFave February 20, 2013 at 06:34 PM
They should re-test everyone who gets into an accident with over $3,000 damage or injury. Also test everyone who receives a citation for a moving violation. This should be done regardless of age, etc. This woman would be tested under this program as well as the teen who crashed while reaching for his mobile phone last week as well as the teen female who put three people in hospital last week at Rte 70 and 88 while texting. Receive a citation for speeding, texting, careless driving, tailgating, etc and you'll be re-tested. We'll either get them off the road or re-educate them on proper driving.
Briar Hill February 20, 2013 at 07:08 PM
I have lived in Manchester my whole life and I can't wait to move out due to the senior population because I do not and never have felt safe driving on the road with them. I can't even tell you how many times I was almost ran off the road due to a senior who can't see over the steering wheel...completely unaware that they are even driving in a car..or just simply not paying attention. They came up with Silver Alerts for a reason. RE-TEST P.S. My nana is 66 years old and even agrees with me
Craig February 20, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Rick February 20, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Have we all forgotten why so many 55+ communities were built in this area? Tax ratables. 55+ communities are collectively the largest tax ratable in Ocean County. They pay the same tax rate as everyone else but don't add to school rolls. School taxes are the biggest part of any municipal tax.
Holly February 20, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Seniors do not pay the same tax rate as non-seniors in Manchester! They are entitled to tax breaks (one program is called the "Senior Freeze" which protects them from tax increases!) And, while they do not add to the school rolls, their presence increases the senior services required from our town's budget.
karen s. February 20, 2013 at 09:53 PM
I notice the people who keep on going back to testing seniors(which I am not disagreeing with) are the same people that don't adress the comments about texting, drinking, drug influence so I am lead to believe that those people are partaking in some of those very activities Oh but thats right you people have it under control not like those old people with no reflexes left. I get it you can totally drive and not be distracted while your head is down and u are texting or your hands are waving all over because you are in a phone discussion. Oh and as for those under the influence of drugs and alcohol I'm certain that your reflexes are just fine while driving, not like those old people.
karen s. February 20, 2013 at 09:57 PM
I mean seriously people ANYBODY who drives through a store and kills a poor innocent bystander needs to be investingated very seriously and punished according to the results of the investigation. I mean if you had a heart atttack behind the wheel for example should you be punished the same as someone who is texting?
Holly February 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I think once people qualify for social security/medicare, they need to re-test for driving skills at certain intervals- they introduce teens to driving with provisional licenses so I do not understand why seniors do not have limits on their licenses as well. I understand that this may limit what they are able to do, but there are programs that help those who need rides to doctor appointments, etc. And, if they want to visit family, how about the family member step up and come pick them up. Much better than innocent people getting hit or killed by people who should have surrendered their licenses years ago! Karen- there are laws against texting, drinking and being under the influence which provide a set punishment for people who chose to do these things rather than focus on driving. There are no laws against people driving without proper reflexes, eye sight or depth perception- so how do you propose imposing a penalty when there is not a law implicitly prohibiting it? People who have a health emergency while driving do not choose that- people who drive while distracted, under the influence or knowing they are otherwise unfit are making a choice to endanger people every time they sit behind the wheel and turn on their car.
Craig February 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Karen you can't control people texting and drinking while driving. And when they do they get in trouble with the law.. the old fuck that ran over the Guy on the bench will get in no trouble because it was an accident. So before you run your mouth and try to take the spotlight off of the subject about old crusty people killing others. Think about how many times you have talked on your cellphone or drank a cpl glasses of wine and drove. Stop being a hypocrite.
Rick February 21, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Senior Freeze only appies to those earning below a certain income. But they still pay for the schools. In Manchester the municipal tax is $.515 per hundred dollars of valuation. The school tax is $.985. So the schools cost almost twice the entire town budget, even with whatever senior services you feel are required.
Young guy February 21, 2013 at 01:13 AM
You have to be tested at 17 to get your license. You should be tested at 70 to keep it. Too many seniors out there have no business on the roads.
Rick February 21, 2013 at 01:24 AM
There are a lot of people between 17 and 70 who have no business on the roads.
barbara February 21, 2013 at 02:53 AM
seriously, so agree.......from what i heard, she just hit the wrong peddle and she dont get in trouble? poor guy lost his life.......
Smot Revir February 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM
@ josass kramer....All I can say is you are an anal vent !
Josef Kramer February 21, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Yes I am, well if you oppose jail time for this criminal how about they chain her up to the bench in front of cvs and drive a car into her see how she likes it!
despicable me February 21, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I would love to hear from the Mayor Manchester (Mike) regarding the issue of re-testing. I also would like to say how sorry I am to this mans family. How many people need to die before peoples lives become more important than votes.
Rick February 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Mayors have no control over motor vehicle laws. That is strictly a State matter.
despicable me February 23, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I would still like to hear his opinion, and if he would be for or against re-testing. I would love to hear from the Mayor Manchester (Mike) regarding the issue of re-testing. I also would like to say how sorry I am to this mans family. How many people need to die before peoples lives become more important than votes.
Rick February 26, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Well, Why not attend the next township meeting and ask the mayor during the public question period.
WhitingBoy February 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM
@Rick: State funding rules cause the amount of aid to drop with an increase of population vs. school-age chldren. If you add seniors, you get $ benefit to a certain point, and then it begins to diminish the amount of money you get from the state (becomes a push or a losing prop).
gracie allen March 16, 2013 at 06:14 PM
RIP Mr. O'Connor. My condolences to your family.


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