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Woman, 17, Turns Self In After Hit and Run In Lakehurst

Manahawkin woman faces reckless driving charge along with several other violations

A 17-year-old Manahawkin woman was charged in a hit and run accident in Lakehurst Wednesday evening.
At 8:00 PM, Lakehurst Officers were dispatched to A Street in the Pinehurst Estates Section of the borough for a reported hit and run, according to Lakehurst Police Chief Eric S. Higgins.

Upon arrival, officers were advised that a young female with several passengers had been leaving the Pinehurst Park when she struck a curb and then hit two parked vehicles, the chief said.

Witnesses at the scene were able to provide a description of the vehicle but no license plate number. Through investigation officers were able to identify the passengers in the vehicle and subsequently the driver of the vehicle. The driver and her parents were contacted and she responded to police headquarters.
"The driver of the vehicle advised that a passenger in the vehicle had
taken her picture and the flash caused her to lose control of the
vehicle causing her to strike the parked vehicles. The driver panicked
and fled the scene," Higgins said.
The driver was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, 
leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and 
provisional driver violation. 

The matter is pending a municipal court appearance.
Sergeants Baranyay and Heinzman, and Officer Gallo investigated.


onthecuff May 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Well at least she came back and good job to the LPD for tracking this vehicle down and the driver. She never should have left the scene, however I can understand being that she panicked. Accidents happen, but the worse thing you can do, is leave the scene of an accident. Poor kid, but live and learn.
bhavaja May 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I recently read an article where man got in accident due to reading a text a woman sent him; she is now indicted along with him. If this girls story is true about photo flash then maybe the picture taker should be indicted? Bottom line here is no fooling around in cars w cell phones! I feel for her; she is young and def became frightened - thus flight...
onthecuff May 28, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Ya know what I saw the article regarding the text, and the judge was going to rule on Friday. I did not see an update on that. I can not believe the judge indicted this girl as well. But you know what, you have a point, if the flash caused the accident, then the passenger should be held liable as well. Like you said, when are people going to realize that driving is a serious thing that requires "ALL" of your attention, not just some of it.


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