UPDATE: Funeral Services For Whiting Man Struck While On A Bench

Please share photos and other memories of Joseph O'Connor, who died as a result of the injuries he sustained from being pinned against the building

Funeral information is now available for a 73-year-old Whiting man who died Friday after a vehicle struck him while he was sitting on a bench, police said.

At 9:50 a.m., Joseph O'Connor, 73, 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.

Visiting hours will be Wed 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Family Owned Carmona Bolen Home For Funerals, 66 Lacey Road, Whiting, according to legacy.com.

A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday 10:45 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church, Whiting, according to legacy.com. Disposition will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in O'Connor's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Condolences may be sent to www.carmonabolenfh.com, according to legacy.com.

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

O'Connor was born in Jersey City amd lived in Old Bridge for 37 years before moving to Pine Ridge South, Whiting in 2001, according to legacy.com.

He was employed as a Baker for Sunshine Biscuit in Sayreville for 26 years before his retirement in 1999. Prior to that, he worked at Dean Witter and Co. on Wall Street for 14 years, according to legacy.com.

O'Connor was an avid Frank Sinatra fan and collector, and was also an avid collector of anything else that anybody collected. He loved to shoot pool and play cards with his friends, as well as shopping at flea markets, according to legacy.com.

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

barbara February 12, 2013 at 03:54 PM
So sad, did not know him, but RIP and condolences to family and friends.
Lucie47 February 12, 2013 at 04:53 PM
The victim could also have been struck by a 17-year-old with a learner's permit. Accidents happen and we do not know what caused it. The Driver's age is not neccessarily a factor and you should be careful in stereotyping and / or making assumptions. When I was in high school, a 30-year-old man jumped the curb and just missed hitting me as I waited for the school bus. He had a spontaneous seizure. I am many years from "seniorhood", so I don't have a dog in this fight. I just feel that a person's age ( 76 is not ancient nowadays ) should not automatically dictate their physical or mental capacity or ability to drive. Perhaps EVERYONE should be re-tested every 10 years for a driver's license. All sorts of things can influence your ability to drive at EVERY stage in life.
Don Gottwerth February 12, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Stores with walkways adjacent to driveway spots should have protective barriers to protect from drivers who have a slip of the gas pedal. Its not so much blind spots, its mental lapse failures. Look at the condition of drivers who get out with lack of ability to walk and you wonder how in the world they could even move a foot from gas pedal to brake. In that same lot I watched a woman, whose arm was in a sling,and her dog was as big as a wrestler, sat in the front seat...no way could she operate a car in that double-up situation. Had I a cell phone I would have given a plate.
Lucie47 February 12, 2013 at 06:01 PM
In my opinion, those who text and drive are as much ( if not more ) of a danger than someone who is disabled. The disabled person's car may have adaptive components to meet his/her needs. It is estimated that one in three drivers text while they are operating a vehicle. One in three. Those statistics REALLY make your saftey a crapshoot.
Lucie47 February 12, 2013 at 06:02 PM
"Had I a cell phone I would have given a plate." Hopefully not while you were driving.
barbara February 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Sandy, Lucy47 was quoting "Don Gottwerth's" comment. He, i believe,was trying to say if he had a cell phone, he would have called police and given a plate number. I think she was being a little sarcastic and was saying he was hopefully not texting that statement while he was driving. I agree, there are alot of seniors out there who are too old to drive. I think retesting should be mandatory. I also see many seniors driving and getting out of their cars with walkers, oxygen tanks, etc. and amazes me they drive like that. On the other hand, as Lucy states, alot of younger people, not just teens, text and drive, i see that all the time also. I am not a full blow senior yet, another 5 years, i will be considered a senior at 62, is that the real "senior" age now? But I have to wonder, the origianal article was vague, if this woman had a medical problem or if she was just confused and hit the gas? Had it been a 17 year old, would he be behind bars now? Sad situation, all in all, RIP to this nice man and condolences to his family. These comments should have appeared on the original post, but I guess many did not see that.
WhtgJohn February 14, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Don, Why should a fort be built around stores to protect people from other people who shouldn't be driving? If one cannot control their vehicle, they should not be driving in the first place. Until the investigation into this accident is completed, I will refrain from making any judgement. However, I do not agree with you that we need fortresses to protect us from vehicles driving across a walkway, over a bench, and through the wall of a store. If I subscribed to that theory, I would be driving a military tank to protect me from being hit by another car while on the road and also to prevent me from having my car hijacked. Sorry, but you are wrong about the solution. if you can't drive safely, don't drive at all.
WhtgJohn February 14, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Sandy, you will be accused of senior bashing by requiring a mandatory testing of people over a certain age. Others will call it discrimination. So it may be wiser to require testing of all individuals after so many years. That would erase the senior bashing and discrimination claims, which I think are nonsense. One question, however, why do INSURANCE COMPANIES renew auto policies for people in their late 80's and early 90's without requiring them to pass a written test of the current laws, a coordination test, an eye test, and a driving test. It seems to me that would certainly filter out those who should not be behind the wheel of a car and allow others to continue to drive as long as they are capable.


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