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Brick Blvd. Accident Sends 2 to Hospital

One person suffered fractured spine

A Saturday afternoon accident sent two people to area hospitals, police said. One remains in critical condition.

The crash occurred on Brick Boulevard approximately 300 feet south of Pine Tree Drive, according to Brick Police Traffic Safety Officer Scott Dierking.

Dierking said Susan M. Graham, 79, of Riverdale, was waiting to pull out of Cameron's Scottish Food store when, for an unknown reason, she pulled her 2010 Toyota Sienna minivan into the path of 2011 Honda Accord being driven by Frances B. Braz, 89, of Lakewood.

Graham was transported to by Brick Police EMS. She was treated for a bruised left knee and released, Dierking said.

Braz was transported by Brick Police EMS and MONOC Paramedics to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, with a fractured spine. She remains there in critical but stable condition.

Brick Police Officers Robert Scelfo, Vincent Rosa and Special Police Officer John Kisch responded to assist with traffic.

Traffic Safety Officers Dierking and Jay Lampiasi are investigating the crash.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the traffic safety office at 732-262-1140.

Andy Barcellona March 11, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Their are some people in their 80's who play golf and drive better then some people much younger. So to say because someone reaches a certian point in their lives they become "dangerous". is unfair. I see more 17 yr old drivers or distracted drivers that I worry about. At least senior citizens were taught the right way to drive and stick with the rules of the road. It is unfortunate to see some older people failing as far as their reflexes and judgment but remember you will also become a senior someday and would you like to give up your license? I think most seniors realize when it is time to quit and if they are making mistakes on the road the police will pull them over. My thinking is when I see someone with white hair that can barely see over the steering wheel while driving they just might be a World War ll veteran so take a deep breath and not be in a rush yourself.
Bobby Donofrio March 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Good point.....I never see the elderley texting or talking on a cell phone while driving :-)
Sophia Loyd March 11, 2012 at 06:18 PM
You are making a very BOLD statement. I highly doubt 100% of the population of Brick, even drives; I am also sure 100% of the drivers on the roads in Brick are not actually residents of Brick. So, before you try to make such a blanket statement--use your brain. Also, As for the guy on the PWKY, why don't you stop watching what other drivers are doing and pay attention to your own driving. Most accidents occur when the driver is distracted with something outside the car.. ie... an accident, a cop car, animal, or plainly staring at another driver.
bcdepaul March 12, 2012 at 02:56 AM
The point of retesting at a set age is to objectively determine the difference between who can and can no longer drive. No different than determining who can and cannot drive at 17. The point is to improve traffic safety.
KC March 12, 2012 at 05:22 AM
We assume a lot I think when we assume these people have family. Not everyone does! A lot of people are alone in our society. Sadly, many feel trapped into driving by a society that offers no real alternative in the way of mass transit. It still takes us two and a half hours to get to New York City for gosh sakes. You could be in Florida in that time. Not all seniors want to leave their homes and be relegated to what they percieve as seizure villages. It is a real problem.


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