FAIR HAVEN: BOY ON BIKE STRUCK BY VEHICLE

fair haven, nj, knollwood schoolThe accident occurred on Hance Road near Forman Street, just a few blocks north of the Knollwood School, according to a passerby. (Image from Google Maps. Click to enlarge.)

A Fair Haven child on a bicycle suffered “significant” but non-life-threatening injuries when struck by a vehicle shortly after dismissal from school Thursday, officials said.

The unidentified nine-year-old boy, a student at the Knollwood School on Hance Road, appeared to have been hit by a van that remained at the scene of crash, on Hance near Forman Street, a passerby told redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: VAN STRIKES RESTAURANT ENTRY

A van struck a two parked vehicles, sending one about 20 feet down West Front Street, according to a person on the scene, and then smashed into the West Front Street entrance of Brothers Restaurant in Red Bank shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

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RED BANK: LIVE WIRE LANDS ON VAN

Charlie Velazquez said he was “still shaking” after his near brush with death. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Middlesex County man said he was “lucky to be alive” after a live electrical line landed on the van he was driving in Red Bank Wednesday morning. Read More »

RED BANK: GOING TOPLESS, IF NOT BY CHOICE

rb truck v trestle 072516HOT-TOPIC_03Well, there’s one way to cool off in the sweltering heat and humidity: go topless.  And for less-than-attentive truck drivers, the North Jersey Coast Line trestle at Hubbard’s Bridge in Red Bank stands ready to accommodate, as it did yet again early Monday afternoon. It was not immediately known if the man at right was the driver. (Photo by Ken Kalada. Click to enlarge.)

TWO INJURED IN LITTLE SILVER CRASH

Two drivers were injured and traffic around the Little Silver train station was tied up for about an hour after two cars collided at rush hour Monday morning, police said.

The crash, at about 7:44 a.m., involved a 2002 Mercedes-Benz that was heading north on Branch Avenue and attempting to make a left turn onto Sycamore Avenue, and a 2010 Hyundai that was headed south on Branch, said police Chief Dan Shaffery.

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ACCIDENT DEMO DRIVES HOME SAFETY LESSON

RBR students look on as emergency personnel perform an extrication of a ‘victim’ trapped in a vehicle. Below, Joy Jones displays a portrait of her son Steven as she speaks to students about his death at the hands of his drunk best friend. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

Little Silver police  were the first on the scene Friday morning at Red Bank Regional, where three cars lay smashed on the pavement. Sirens blaring, at least a dozen more emergency vehicles lined up in front of the school minutes later.

No one was hurt. In fact, the entire senior class stood around the “crash” site, struggling to hold back laughter when a drunken driver stumbled dramatically out of the first vehicle.

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RE-REGRADING A PROBLEM CROSSROADS

rumson-bingham-121311A paving machine lays down a fresh layer of asphalt at the intersection of Rumson Road and Bingham Avenue Tuesday morning. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Just a year after a re-engineering aimed at reducing accidents, a dangerous Rumson intersection is getting another reworking.

This time, though, it’s a fix-job that won’t cost taxpayers anything, says Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore.

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WEEKEND WRECKS LEAD TO DWI CHARGES

impaled-092611A street sign impaled a tree on Broad Street as a result of predawn accident that destroyed a utility pole and led to a shutdown of the road for several hours Sunday. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Two motorists face charges of drunk driving after their involvement in accidents four hours apart over the weekend, Red Bank police said.

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ACCIDENT VICTIM REMAINS IN CRITICAL CARE

A Red Bank woman remained in critical condition Wednesday night following an accident in which she was struck by a truck while crossing West Front Street on foot.

According to police Captain Darren McConnell, Laura Martin, 40, was heading north-to-south at West Front and Maple Avenue at about 2:53p when she was hit by a New Jersey Transit truck.

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FALL VICTIM MEDEVACED TO TRAUMA CENTER

fh-medevac-100810Emergency personnel prepare to transfer a fall victim from an ambulance to a waiting medevac helicopter at Fair Haven Fields Friday night. According to an unconfirmed report, a 14-year-old boy fell off a roof at a residence on Hance Avenue Road in Fair Haven shortly before 9p. Further details were not immediately available. (Click to enlarge)

CROSSING GUARD STRUCK; INJURIES MINOR

crossing-guard-092310Andy DePonti speaks to the motorist who struck him seconds after the accident. (Click to enlarge)

A Red Bank crossing guard suffered minor injuries when he was struck by a vehicle that backed up into him in a crosswalk Thursday afternoon.

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ACCIDENT SNARLS TRAFFIC

pole-snap-092210The upper part of a sheared utility pole rests on live electrical lines on Maple Avenue in Red Bank, opposite the Atlantic Club. (Click to enlarge)

A mid-afternoon accident that broke a utility pole on Maple Avenue threatened to cause rush-hour traffic jams in Red Bank on Wednesday.

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RT. 35 CRASH SENDS CAR OVER DIVIDER

middletownaccident-081210One of two cars involved in the accident jumped the divider and ended up on its roof. (Photo by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge)

Police and other emergency personnel responded to a two-car accident on Route 35 in Middletown Thursday evening that sent one vehicle over the highway divider.

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DWI CHARGED AFTER CAR LANDS IN NAVESINK

car-in-river-062510A member of the Red Bank Fire Department’s scuba and dive team inspects the vehicle after it smashed through a fence at the foot of Maple Avenue. (Photo by Carl Colmorgen; click to enlarge)

A Staten Island man was arrested on a drunk-driving charge after he drove his car into the Navesink River in Red Bank early Friday morning.

Steve Barranca, 52, was the lone occupant of the 2008 Lexus when it smashed through a boardwalk fence at the northern end of Maple Avenue and fell about 10 feet into the river, says Captain Darren McConnell.

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PICKUP TRUCK OVERTURNS ON EAST SIDE

hot-topic rightFor the second time in three days, a vehicle overturned in an accident in Red Bank Tuesday.

Here’s a description of what happened in the most recent accident, courtesy of police Captain Darren McConnell:

On Tuesday, June 15 at approximately 5:24 pm a vehicle driven by Lois Prince, 65 years old, of Medford, NJ collided with a vehicle being driven by Jeanne Schaffer, 50 years old, of Howell.

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DWI CHARGED IN EARLY MORNING WRECK

accident-061510The lone passenger had to be extricated after the car smashed into a tree on Broad Street. (Click to enlarge; photos courtesy of Peter Lindner)

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A Hazlet man was arrested for drunken driving and his Red Bank passenger wound up in the hospital following an early morning car crash on Broad Street, police say.

Brian Cunningham, 38, was arrested after the 12:45a accident, in which his southbound 2008 BMW sedan slammed into a tree just south of the Reckless Place/Harding Road crossing, says Captain Darren McConnell.

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NO INJURIES AS SUV OVERTURNS IN ACCIDENT

accident-061210A Ford Expedition lies on its side on River Street, at the corner of Leighton Avenue, following the crash. Below, passenger Maddy Pulignano and her grandmother, Marge Murray. (Click to enlarge)

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A 10-year-old girl, already in a leg cast from an injury this week, and her grandmother were safely extricated from an SUV following a Red Bank accident that left the vehicle lying on its side Saturday afternoon.

Maddy Pulignano of Middletown and her grandmother, Marge Murray, of Highlands were unhurt in the accident, in which their SUV was struck by a pickup truck at the intersection of Leighton Avenue and River Street around 3:30p.

Maddy, it turns out, was already in a cast with a broken leg, having been run over, she said with a laugh, by a classmate driving a go-kart on a class trip this week.

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PEDESTRIAN STRUCK ON BROAD STREET

just_in1A Highlands woman was hit by a car as she crossed Broad Street in Red Bank this afternoon, police said.

The 66-year-old woman, who police did not identify pending notification of her family, was taken to Riverview Medical Center with a leg injury, said police Captain Darren McConnell, who heads the department’s traffic and safety unit. Her injuries are not life-threatening, he said.

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ROWERS RESCUED AFTER SQUALL FLIPS SHELLS

rowing-3-050310One of two shells manned by teen rowers arrives at a residential dock on Fisher Place after flipping in the Navesink. Below, a distraught woman, said to be a coach, recounts the incident for police. (Click to enlarge)

rowing-1-0503101A sudden wind storm that blew through the Red Bank area turned into an ordeal for eight teenaged rowers as two shells flipped in the Navesink River late Tuesday afternoon.

All the rowers, said to be female members of the Ranney School‘s crewing club, were plucked from the water safely, though all were taken by ambulance to Riverview Medical Center for checkups.

“They were all cold and wet,” said Captain Darren McConnell, spokesman for the Red Bank Police Department. He said the girls were roughly 15 years old.

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RUMSON ROAD ACCIDENT

rumson-crash-042710Emergency personnel responded to a one-car accident on Rumson Road just east of Bingham Hill Circle in Rumson shortly before 2p Tuesday afternoon. No information was immediately available about the crash, in which a sedan struck a tree head-on. (Click to enlarge)

SECOND VICTIM OF DRUNK COP DIES

people-in-the-newsA woman left comatose after a former Middletown police officer crashed his car into hers while he was drunk has died, according to the Jersey Journal.

Forty-year-old Ruth Zelaya died March 24 as a result of “complications from the motor vehicle collision,” Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Michael D’Andrea told the newspaper.

Zelaya’s two-year-old son, Jose Carlos Zelaya, died several days after the January, 2007 wreck on the Pulaksi Skyway in Jersey City.

Kevin Freibott, a Middletown resident and Jersey City police officer, is serving an 11-year prison sentence following his December 2007 guilty plea to vehicular homicide, assault by auto and drunk driving.

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FEBRUARY ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES

just_in1The Staten Island woman who was struck by an SUV as she crossed Broad Street in Red Bank on foot two months ago has died.

Alla Tsiring, 44, died over the weekend at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune from injuries caused by the accident, according to police Captain Darren McConnell.

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HIT & RUN ENDS IN GOOSE NECK WRECK

goose-neck-wreck-032010The driver had two accidents more than two miles apart, according to police. (Click to enlarge; photo by Anthony Trufolo)

A Little Silver man faces drunken driving and other charges after a hit-and-run crash and a second one that ended on the Goose Neck Bridge on Seven Bridges Road Saturday night, borough police say.

Joseph F. Hall Jr., 58, was charged with failure to keep right, reckless driving,  leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the department’s spokesman, Sergeant Dan Shaffery.

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A DOWNED LINE, AND A LOVING SPOUSE

gary-bernstein“I’d be toast,” says Gary Bernstein of Atlantic Glass, as he looks at the live power line that landed just feet from the building’s gas supply line, below. (Click to enlarge)

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A truck that took down a power line on White Street in Red Bank this morning did more than just knock out electricity to a bunch of stores and offices.

It gave Gary Bernstein, manager of the Atlantic Glass store, a reason to call his wife with what he thought was good news.

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