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Toms River Woman Charged in Point Beach Car Accident

Injuries to three were not 'life threatening,' say police

A Toms River woman was issued a summons for allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Forman Avenue and Route 35 North in Point Beach, said Monday morning.

Maria Albuquerque, 64, of Toms River was driving a red Subaru Forrester west on Forman Avenue when she failed to stop at the intersection at Route 35 North said Detective Pat Petruzziello.

"Her vehicle collided with a Hyundai Tuscan operated by Douglas Mendez, 31, of Washington State," Petruzziello said. "Mendez was traveling on Route 35 North."

Mendez was transported to Ocean Medical Center, Brick, and Albuquerque and her passenger were transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune with injuries that were not "life threatening," Petruzziello said.

Albuquerque was issued a summons by Officer Paschal Drew who investigated the accident.

Petruzziello said the department usually does not give out names of passengers, so the name of Albuquerque's passenger was not available.

At the scene on Thursday, a man who identified himself as Didier Villagra, 31, of Belmar, said he had been a passenger in Mendez's car.

The Point Pleasant First Aid and Emergency Squad, with the help of the Point Beach Fire Department, removed the victims from their cars. Squad members treated victims at the scene and transported them to hospitals. Monoc Paramedics also responded.

Police had gotten the call at 4:08 p.m. Thursday and cleared the scene just after 5 p.m.

Villagra had said at the scene of the accident that the driver of the second car drove west on Forman, pass St. Peter's School, through a stop sign and into Route 35 and the car driven by his friend.

Villagra said, "I told Douglas, 'Wait, wait,' but he couldn't, they were too close."

He said Mendez is about 30 years old and lives in Spring Lake. As he spoke, members of the Point Pleasant First Aid and Emergency Squad were securing Douglas' neck in a type of neck brace and lifting him onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.

He said they were taking Douglas to Ocean Medical Center in Brick because his back hurt from the accident.

Squad members, assisted by the Point Beach Fire Department, removed the two occupants from the red car, onto stretchers and into a waiting ambulance.

Police were able to keep one lane of Route 35 North open while they worked the scene.

. March 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM
How do you not stop at a stop sign on Route 35?
A Resident March 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Happens almost daily in PPB. And if you include the number of cars that go the wrong way on 35 itself....it's amazing there are not more accidents.
PW March 27, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The route 35 N and Forman Ave intersection is EXTREMELY dangerous and the town should consider putting a traffic light. It is a very busy intersection; kids crossing the street to go to the high school and back home, parents dropping off kids at St. Peter's School, kids on bikes, people crossing the street to go to the beach and the park, cars speeding, careless people, ohh yeahh and on top of all that, the train tracks. The stop sign is about 15 feet before the actual intersection because of the train tracks. After the stop sign, there is a light pole and utility boxes that block some of the view of the incoming cars driving on 35. As you proceed from the stop sign, you need to stop again to look for the incoming traffic putting your car right on the train tracks. Many times the barriers start to go down while car is waiting to go, putting the driver in a predicament. It’s a total recipe for disaster. Have seen many accidents and people almost get hit in that corner. Would be a surprise to me if people have not died in that intersection
A Resident March 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM
No thanks. The traffic light at Atlantic is enough. Putting another light 1 block away will cause even more traffic issues. I know it's a lot to ask...but how about people just learn how to drive properly?
Tony March 27, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I do agree. However between the people who do not drive properly with some really weird situations and spots in this town. It is one of the most difficult towns to drive in as far as I am concerned.
Tony March 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM
PW, I totally agree!
PW March 28, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Tony, You are totally right; drinking, texting, inability to drive, among others. To "A Residents" point, makes more sense to put the light on Forman than Atlantic. and to the rest of your comment, let's see if we can figure out what’s best... put a TRAFFIC LIGHT - more traffic, total inconvenience, VS,- avoiding accidents, potentially saving a life... not sure about your priorities but mine are keeping my family safe and trying to help others.
A Resident March 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
PW...so your going under the guise that no one ever runs the red light? Ask the PPB PD how many accidents there have been at Arnold and 35 North....where there is a traffic light. You'll find there are very many there...and more severe ones there than have occurred at Forman. and if you look at the low number of fatal accidents in PPB (from going through the newspapers) you'll see that most of them occurred at traffic signals....not stop signs. Kind of opposite of what one would think.

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