On April 23, 2013 at approximately 8:30pm Middletown Police responded to a two car motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Newman Springs Road and Half Mile Road in Lincroft during which three people were injured.
Patrolman Michael Reuter conducted an investigation and determined that a taxi cab driven by John Curtis, age 39, from Monmouth Street in Red Bank, NJ, was travelling east bound on Newman Springs Road and failed to stop for the red light at Half Mile Road. The cab then struck a vehicle driven by Edward Stratton, age 55, from Arbor Drive in Howell, NJ.
Stratton and Curtis were both taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, along with Sarita Sant, age 30, from Hidden Meadows Drive in Ocean, NJ, who was a passenger in the cab.
Officer Reuter charged Curtis with Failure to Observe a Traffic Signal, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated and Assault by Auto. He is currently at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.