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Toms River Woman Charged with Assault By Auto

Accident in Wall injuries Spring Lake Heights man

A Spring Lake Heights man suffered neck and back injuries after a collision backing out of a driveway on Allaire Road Saturday, police said.

Matthew Muench, 47, was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, by Wall Community First Aid  aroung 8:20 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The accident occurred after a Toms River woman hit Muench’s car as he backed out of an Allaire Road driveway west of Route 35, Sgt. Patrick Connor said.

Sharon Young, 28, of Toms River was traveling west on Allaire Road when she struck Muench’s car, Connor said.

Young was charged with driving while intoxicated, assault by auto, reckless driving and for having an open container of alcohol in the car, Connor said.

Matt July 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I can see most of the charges, but how is it assault? Did she intentionally hit him? Just wondering because assault charge seems a bit excessive...and before the hate comments start coming, I do not condone her drinking and driving.
Bill Storm, July 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
THE INOCENT PERSON IS NOT SO INOCENT, HE CAUSED THE ACCIDENT B Y BACKING OUT OF A DRIVEWAY INTO TRAFFIC. i DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING ABOUT HIM BEING CITED FOR CARELESS DRIVEING. I DON'T CONDONE DRINKING AND DRIVING AND I ALSO DON'T CONDONE BACKING OUT OF A DRIVEWAY WITHOUT LOOKING.
proudnot2bliberal July 03, 2012 at 10:18 PM
take a vallum Bill & take the caps lock off! Now calm down if this was the case the PD would have sighted him for it. Most likely he had backed fully out of his driveway & was proceeding fwd when the drunk hit him. At least what I get out of the article from investigation
BeachGirl319 July 03, 2012 at 10:34 PM
It's legal wording & there are degrees of "assault", New Jersey Title 2C, you can look it up on online. In this case, it's basically a dwi accident w/injuries.
Matt July 04, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I'm sure it is a law, and words can be easily misconstrued. When I see assault, I think of it as an intentional action. Which I'm sure in most instances is not the case. Drunk or not, it's still called an accident. T

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