Woman Dead, Husband Critical in Route 70 Crash

The Toms River couple crashed into a pickup at Massachusetts Avenue.

Police continue to investigate a Sunday afternoon accident at Route 70 and Massachusetts Avenue in Toms River that claimed the life of a township woman and sent her husband to a trauma center.

The names of the victims were not released, pending notification of family members, Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said. They were identified as a 77-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man.

The 5:15 p.m. accident occurred as the man was driving the couple's Toyota southbound on Massachusetts Avenue. He was making a left turn when the car collided with a northbound Ford F-250 pickup truck, Mastronardy said.

The woman was transported to Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood where she was pronounced dead. Her husband was flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The driver of the pickup refused medical attention, Mastronardy said.

Pleasant Plains Fire Company responded to the scene for extrication, and traffic was delayed in the area for two hours during the investigation, according to the chief.

The accident, still under investigation, is being probed by Toms River Traffic Safety Officers Brian Doyle, Robert Westfall, and David Bartoshek. Also investigating are officers with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.
ray January 04, 2014 at 12:22 PM
The only way to cut down on these accidents is banning left turns on any road intersecting route 70. Seniors seem incapable of making these turns without killing a certain percentage of other drivers, especially motorcycles. And, before the seniors call for my execution, let me make it clear that I'm a senior, too.
Neil Cotter January 07, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Having been nearly killed by an 85 yr old driver making a bad turn and later witnessing a fatal accident that took the lives of two elderly people and severely injuring another in the same exact circumstances, I can speak from experience, not conjecture! Barring the mandatory annual vision and reaction testing of all drivers over 65, jug handles and protected left turn lights and lanes will be the only ways to stem the carnage. If these were shootings or murders or even accidental deaths in other public venues, the public would be in an uproar not heard in many many years. Like the person above said, before you call for my public execution, I to have an AARP card in my wallet.


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