TOMS RIVER, New Jersey — A 17-year-old high school student from Bayville died early Sunday morning shortly after he was hit in Toms River, New Jersey. Toms River police said that the crash happened just after three in the morning on Route 37 in Toms River, not far from the intersection with Route 166. The young man reportedly had just left work and tried to cross the road when a vehicle collided with him, according to an article appearing on 92.7 WOBM. Toms River police said that speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, nor does it appear the driver was under the influence. Toms River Police Department’s Traffic Safety Officer will continue its investigation.
Toms River police preliminarily have determined that the 17-year-old male student from Bayville, who attended Central Regional High School, died after he was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to cross Route 37. The initial phase of the investigation shows that the young man had just clocked out of his workplace and headed south across Route 37. A vehicle operated by a 46-year-old Toms River man hit the teen just after he stepped into the road. The man driving the vehicle had a green light at the time of the collision. Furthermore, preliminary witness statements suggest that the young man was clad in dark clothing and might have stepped into the road when the neatest sign flashed a warning against crossing at that time. Also, the nearest crosswalk was about 60 feet away.
Paramedics raced the mortally wounded teen to Community Medical Center. He was still alive upon arrival but died not too long after.
Toms River Police received assistance with the crash investigation from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, the New Jersey State Police, and the state Department of Transportation. No charges were issued in the immediate aftermath of the fatal crash.
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