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Site of Fatal Lakehurst Crash Sees Another Accident

Crash comes almost two weeks after fatal collision in the same area

Almost two weeks after a crash took two lives on Route 37 near Brown Avenue in Lakehurst, a Wednesday collision near the scene forced the closure of the roadway's eastbound lane and injured two.

According to information released by Lakehurst police Sgt. Ronald Heinzman, officers were dispatched to the area, just east of the Lakehurst circle, at 3:55 p.m. on a call of an accident with injuries.

Police determined that a Dodge Durango operated by a 17-year-old Manchester resident attempted to make a left turn from Brown Avenue onto Route 37 west when it collided with a Honda Odyssey travelling eastbound driven by Rebecca M. Gray, 68, of Freehold. 

The drivers of both vehicles were uninjured, though the front and rear seat passengers of the Honda were treated at the scene by paramedics and members of the Lakehurst First Aid Squad and Lakehurst Fire Department for complaints of chest pains, Heinzman said. 

Both vehicles received "extensive damage," according to Heinzman, and had to be towed from the scene. 

The driver of the Dodge was issued a summons for failure to yield, Heinzman said. The accident was investigated by Officer Matthew Kline, who was assisted by Heinzman, Sgt. Brian Baranyay and Officer Jeffrey Emmons.

On May 13, a collision between two vehicles in the same area . Heinzman said that the area "is a spot that we have on occasion had serious accidents over the years," but he said the area is not any more dangerous than other roads in the borough.

A second crash occurred as traffic backed up on Route 70 following the initial collision. 

According to Heinzman, at 4:05 p.m., a Mazda truck driven by Thomas Angell, 21, of Pine Beach was rear-ended on Route 70 between the Lakehurst circle and Route 547 by a Honda Civic driven by Joann Delahanty, 41, of Manchester.

Both drivers were uninjured and the Honda received moderate damage, according to Heinzman. Baranyay investigated the crash.

Phyllis Delesandro May 26, 2011 at 01:08 PM
Thank Goodness there was not another death!
barbara May 26, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Thankfully no fatalities. That circle area is horrible! I drive through there almost daily and I can't even count the number of times I've seen someone "fail to yield". A couple of times I was almost rear-ended by someone who couldn't wait for me as I yielded. Maybe the driving population needs a refresher course in what a yield sign means. While you're at it, a reminder to use signals, too.
WhyohWhy June 04, 2011 at 12:38 PM
AGAIN, another 17 year old involved in an accident.!!! Wake up people.... these teens should not be driving so young. There are way too many cars on the road today and you give these teens licences way too early. Maybe they should all take a physic test to see if they qualify to handle the privilege of driving. Why can't we go back to having to be 17 to get your learners permit? And at 18 to drive? Oh wait it might inconvenience too many parents, and they might have to chauffeur their kids back n forth to work or functions. Ya know, maybe too, if the car companies stopped making these high performance cars to entice teens to get their parents to buy them it would help too. If the speedometer says 200 then I guess its ok to do it ! Teen mentality. You see, I am very sensitive to 17 yr old drivers... I was hit by one, no drugs or alcohol involved, just plain stupidity and inexperience on how to handle going fast and loosing control of your vehicle . They caused the accident, walked away with no cuts or even a scratch but MY life was changed forever.
BN June 04, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Parents should start being parents and stop worrying about being "buddies" with their kids. Time to start saying "NO" and hold them accountable for their actions.
WhyohWhy June 04, 2011 at 01:10 PM
That goes without saying BN about the parents. Maybe the car companies should have a age restriction on certain high performance cars. ?
Phyllis Delesandro June 04, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Red, Sorry hear of your misfortune. It is truly a horror. I agree, with the idea of Parents, parenting. Seems kids these days seem to have no common sense. They have exchanged hands on experience in the real world for a cheap imitation in an electric box. Parents have allowed and encouraged it, in the name of progress. Is progress good? Would I be communicating in this forum without it? I believe it is the natural order of things to progress and grow. I believe our kids are spending way to much time in there virtual experiences. Some things you need to physically experience to understand the concept. I feel for our children today, because they have lost there childhood. I got to be a KID, past the age of 5. I got to lose myself in the world that surrounded me, explore physics in real time and learn from all these experiences. We didn't have a lot, but you appreciated what you had and learned to see that some others had even less. Well now I'm lost in a rant, Sorry. Parents lets look at what we are really doing to our kids and the generations to come, Please.
WhyohWhy June 04, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Thank you Phyllis... and I concur whole heartedly!
Mmmmmmmm June 04, 2011 at 07:24 PM
16 years old to get your permit, 17 for a provisional license and 18 for the final driver's license. That's more time behind the wheel than I had. in 1976 I got my license at 17. My 17 year old daughter is a good driver. Age has nothing to do with it, it's the attitude of the individual behind the wheel, and poor attitudes do not discriminate by age.

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