Multiple Motor Vehicle Accidents
On Saturday September 5, 2020 at approximately 7:10 PM police unites were dispatched to a serious motorcycle crash at the intersection of Route 37 and Clifton Avenue.
Woodrow Carpenter, Jr., 61 of Toms River was operating a 1985 Harley Davidson motorcycle along eastbound Route 37 approaching the intersection with Clifton Avenue. As he was approaching the intersection, Mr. Carpenter’s motorcycle struck a 2008 Mazda MZ3 that was stopped for a red traffic signal. As a result, Mr. Carpenter was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. During the course of the investigation, Mr. Carpenter was believed to be impaired at the time of the crash and was subsequently arrested.
Mr. Carpenter was listed in stable condition The crash remains under investigation by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer PJ Gambardella.
On Tuesday September 8, 2020 at approximately 12:45 AM police units were dispatched to Route 37 near the intersection of St. Catherine Blvd for a motor vehicle crash. Michael Marsh, 38 of Brick, was traveling Eastbound on Route when he attempted to make a right turn onto St. Catherine to travel south. Prior to making the turn, Mr. Marsh struck the right curb, went up onto the grass and struck a “U-Left turn” and “St. Catherin North and South” street sign. He continued east through the grass striking a traffic light stanchion and then struck Utility Pole causing to pole to snap at the base. Mr. Marsh then began traveling south onto St. Catherine Blvd and came to rest on a utility pole guide wire.
Mr. Marsh did not report any injuries sustained in the crash. He was found to be under the influence and was subsequently arrested. He was charged with Possession of Hypodermic Needles and issued multiple motor vehicle summonses. His vehicle was impounded as per John’s Law.
On Tuesday September 8, 2020 at approximately 8:15 PM police units were dispatched to the intersection of Route 37 and Coolidge Avenue for a pedestrian who was struck by a passing vehicle. The driver, Gerald Ring, 78 of Toms River, was entering the Route 37 eastbound jug handle to Coolidge Avenue northbound when he struck a pedestrian with his 2005 Toyota Camry. The pedestrian, Thomas Wisniewski 64 of Hammonton, was running across Route 37 from north to south when he was struck by Mr. Ring’s vehicle and thrown to the pavement. Mr. Wisniewski was alert and conscious when officers arrived. He was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center where he is reported to be in stable condition. Mr. Ring was not injured in the accident. There were no signs of impairment for either the driver or the pedestrian.
The accident is being investigated by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer Mark Nater.
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