UPDATE: Funeral Information For Whiting Man, 73, Fatally Struck By Car While Sitting On A Bench

Joseph O'Connor 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.

ed February 09, 2013 at 05:44 PM
i worked with joe at sunshine biscuits for many years - this is a tragic accident where unfortunately joe was at the wrong place at the wrong time - now is not the time to debate but the time to mourn the loss of a good man - our thoughts and prayers go out to the family - you will be greatly missed my friend!!!
Jennifer F. February 09, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Im sorry to the family....especially the wife and son who were forced to see what transpired. what a mess. RIP Mr. O'Connor. I live in Whiting with my mother and grandmother and have my son here on weekends whom is 2. I was out there at CVS last week taking my 2 yr. old out of the cart RIGHT in front of that bench on a rainy day. I think that could be us any day of the week when we go out in this area....its disgusting. Whiting is VERY DANGEROUS. The problem I have is these people are given MANY options for free transportation and minimal cost transportation that most refuse to take. I can understand wanting your freedom as you get older but to know you can't even stay in the lines on the street like most cant or not be able to see above the steering wheel?! I just dont understant how anyone could live with themselves knowing they have issues driving and at any moment they could kill someone if they mistake the pedals. I feel no remorse for the woman, she should be charged just like any one of us would be. She killed a man in a nearly brand new vehicle that most couldnt dream of affording in this economy. MY very own grandmother has been warned if she has any other accident that would do any damage to anything PERIOD she will lose her privalages in a heartbeat as it should be if she cannot drive accordingly. I agree whole heartedly with this and they SHOULD be retested. Lets take a look at the statistics of accidents here and then tell me who does more damage!! So sorry RIP!!
Joanne Pituch February 09, 2013 at 06:26 PM
RIP in peace Mr. O'Connor.
Proud Pappa February 09, 2013 at 06:40 PM
What does 2 hearing aids have to do with driving at 43?? We are talking about people in thier 70's whos sight is deminished..whose reaction time is diminished and in some cases thier minds are also.. RIP Mr. O.. and may God watch over Mrs. O
Gren Pasquarella February 09, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Did anyone check and see if she had an after market floor mat, becuse what happens is, if it's not locked to the floor it could work it's way up over the gas pedal and when you push down on the break your also pushing on the gas pedal and the harder you push the faster you go. RIP Joe.
billy jones February 09, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I just hope Evelyn Treibly was given a blood test. A lot of these seniors don't understand the side affects of their medication. And the fact that it makes them quite impaired to operate a vehicle.
khtrt@aol.com February 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Rip mr. Oconnor, friends of your brother edward in bayonne nj.
clamdigger February 10, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Jennifer, to quote you: "... in a nearly brand new vehicle that most couldnt dream of affording in this economy." She was driving a 2012 Subaru Forester, not exactly a top end manufacturer, it's a decent vehicle but not exactly one that people would consider an extravagant purchase or a vehicle that is a head turner. They are considered to be good safe wagons/SUV's but nothing more than that.
clamdigger February 10, 2013 at 04:21 AM
it's not the first time and won't be the last time someone accidently hit a building which caused injuries. maybe if the bench wasn't there nothing bad would have happened other than to the car and the building. maybe in the future, cement posts will be installed in front of areas that will have seating in front of parking spaces.
Joe Kratzar February 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Were these benches legally placed in an obvious dangerous location, and also were they part of original site plan and approved by Manchester Engineering Dept.
www.zazzle.com/kodachrome68* February 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Easy Sparky....I was responding to an earlier post.
Justice for all ages February 10, 2013 at 05:12 PM
How terrible so sad. I hope the woman faces the same charges as if this happened anywhere else & she was 20 or 30 something .... Age should NOT discriminate the law ...
L S Lange February 10, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Joe I'm sure you walk with "Old Blue Eyes" now. I've loved you like a Brother for so many years My family and yours will be forever intertwined. So sorry You are gone. You will not be forgotten because you touched so many people. Rest in peace brother, Uncle Joe. L sis-inlaw.
Paul E Taylor Jr February 10, 2013 at 08:22 PM
And AARP says there is no reason to take away drivers licenses due to age. YEAH RIGHT. nowhere to go and all day to get there LOL
Isheet Mipants February 10, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Billy Jones hit the nail right on the head! Too many seniors driving while "Intoxicated" from prescription drugs and being impaired butv as long as they can drive to their doctors office the ins pays the bills! RIP Mr Oconnor shouldn't have died NOT driving in Whiting!
Donna Jones February 11, 2013 at 02:10 AM
So far, comments have been made blaming the car, blaming the location of the bench, blaming the medication...and Jennifer has stated that if her grandmother has another incident, she will lose driving priviledges...how about takng that license away BEFORE something else happens. She is obviously already a risk, or she wouldnt have that threat hanging over her! I agree with most of the comments, however...and I do believe that the State is not discriminating by requiring retesting , because DRIVING IS NOT A RIGHT....IT IS A PRIVILEDGE!!! Once again, if people cannot use common sense to monitor their abilities and behavior, the government has to come in and do it!
Sheryl Rolan February 11, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Such a shame. Rest in Peace Joe.
Anna February 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Your family is in my prayers.
Bellanessa February 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM
this same thing happened at rite aid in whiting a few months ago, only thankfully no on was hurt...woman hit the gas and drove thru the front of the store. I live in whiting and I see seniors barely able to walk their cart thru the grocery store and then get in and drive...I am almost 60 and I totally agree that there needs to be licensing re-testing every few years. It is really dangerous out here, as weird as that sounds...I am going to move for that very reason. may Joe rest in peace and blessings to his family.
Irina February 11, 2013 at 03:59 PM
You gotta be kidding????? Why feel sorry for someone who obviously shouldn't be driving. Maybe you should feel bad for the poor fella who died at her hands.
Paul E Taylor Jr February 11, 2013 at 04:12 PM
That is what I am saying the police are too scared to confront seniors that should not be driving. They are the leading cause of accidents not being in most themselves. The seniors have such a powerful lobby in NJ that you can not do anything to prevent this from happening. Do you know why you can not pump your own gas in NJ? The senior lobby has fought it for years because they would be paying more if someone pumped it for them. Only 2 states do not allow it, NJ is one of them.
Eileen O'Connor Buckley February 11, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Rest in Peace Uncle Joe, our hearts are broken that you were taken away from our family way too soon. We love you and will miss you always. Eileen, Ray, Kate and Noelle
JEROME DEPIPPA February 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Robert Angley February 12, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Robert Angley As in life: there was only one Frank Sinatra in this lifetime of ours there also was only one Joe O’Connor. Joe It was an honor to know you. There will never be a time went I hear a Sinatra Song, that I will not think of you. I worked with Joe in Sunshine biscuits for 26 years. Joe was a true friend of mine in every sense of the word. I used to get a kick out of how much he loved Frank Sinatra. There was a time when Sinatra was playing at Carnegie hall in the NYC and my wife was given by a friend who was sick at the time, 4 tickets to see him. I gave up my ticket for Joe. Joe went with my wife and her mother and father. My wife said that they keep walking down to the front the stage and Joe kept saying “there must be a mistake we are to close” but there was no mistake he was four rows from the stage. Joe kept on telling my wife I think he’s looking at us. Little did he know till the lights came on that to his left three seats down from him was Frank Sinatra wife Nancy, sitting there. When I think back on it now on how it was a once in a lifetime event for Joe it still makes me happy. God bless you Joe, till we meet again on the other side.
Marcus Ward February 12, 2013 at 02:00 PM
this is getting rediculous...buildings keep getting hit: riteaid, foodtown, postoffice, cvs, houses.....I feel all stores should put up concrete posts to protect citizens as well as buildings themselves(posts like wawa in whiting has)
Tom Davis (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I'm very sorry for your loss...this was a very tough story to write. Tom Davis, Patch.com tom.davis@patch.com
Brick Jerz Mom February 12, 2013 at 02:55 PM
regardless of her age, It should be treated the same way as anyone else, she killed someone...Manslaughter
llange February 12, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Barbara Are you going to Visiting Wednesday. I'll be in the afternoon with Walter. L
J February 12, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Clamdigger: If the bench was not in place where it was, the man sitting on the bench would still be alive, but the cashier on the other side of the wall would probably be dead. However, the cement posts are an extremely good idea, as they could have prevented the whole thing.
Ashley Jonas February 18, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Who are you and how do you know this? Where you an eyewitness? I heard there was no curb to jump or no cement barrier. From what I know the handicap space did only have a flat surface with no curb or concrete barrier. This is what I heard so how did she jump a curb that did not exist? And why a bench in front of a handicap parkiing area with no curb or concrete barrier CVS?


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