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Van Driver In Route 70 Accident Charged With Vehicular Homicide, DWI

Woman who died was heading home after being involved in a fender bender

involved in the Saturday evening accident at the intersection of Route 70 and Massachusetts Avenue faces a slew of charges, including death by auto, driving under the influence, being an unlicensed driver, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an injury accident, along with other motor vehicle charges, according to Chief Michael Mastronardy.

The driver was identified as Abel Hernandez, 127 North Oak Avenue, Lakewood. Hernandez is being held in the Ocean County Jail on $175,000 bail set by Judge James Blaney. 

Hernandez is also being held on a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement due to his illegal status, according to police. 

Hernandez allegedly fled the van after the accident, running north, but was apprehended within an hour of the accident on Massachusetts Avenue by Lakewood Officer Ed Vega. 

The and Toms River Police identified the victim of last night’s fatal accident as Jean McCarthy, 71, Camino Verde Street, Toms River. She was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by her husband Ed McCarthy, 74, who is in serious condition at Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune as a result of the accident, according to police.

Mr. McCarthy’s vehicle was westbound on Route 70 when it was struck head on by the van making a left turn onto Massachusetts from 70 eastbound, according to Mastronardy.

Officer Art Pennell and a Sheriff’s k-9 unit were also brought to the scene to track the driver.

Toms River Police EMS and Silverton First Aid Squads, along with Ridgeway, Manchester and Pleasant Plains Fire companies assisted at the scene.

Mrs. McCarthy had just been involved in a minor accident at Route 9 and Route 70, according to Mastronardy. In that accident Mrs. McCarthy struck the rear of a car that was being operated by a 73-year-old Manchester Township woman who was slowing in traffic. McCarthy's husband came to the scene of that non-injury accident to drive his wife home to their residence a mile down the road. They just left that accident when the fatal accident occurred ¼ mile down the road, said Mastronardy.

Anyone with information can contact Traffic Safety Officer Steven Schwartz at 732-349-0150 ext 1293 or the Ocean County Prosecutors Office at 732-929-2027.

marcy February 02, 2012 at 04:27 PM
God Bless your family. My heart goes out to you and you have all been on my mind since that tragic day. This irresponsible illegal immigrant needs to be punished. I am not saying they all behave this way but there are many out there and getting away with too much. This problem is way out of hand. You will all be in my prayers continually. Your mom is in the arms of God now. Take care of yourselves.
zury M March 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
hey why r u people insulting mexicans.... if you people knew about history u wouldn't be talking.... the real Americans are the Indian americans... so you all are considered ILLEGALS....as well... how many GRINGOS drink and drive so don't talk, ur not perfect.... so all of u guys that want to get rid of all illegal immigrants that's not going to happen cause u all live from them... hahahh ill laugh right in ur face..... sorry for the Fam....
marcy March 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM
If you've been reading these posts it is not mexicans or immigrants they are talking about,it's ILLLEGALS from anywhere. and yes we all know we came from immigrants......legal ones. Thanks for the info.
Catherine Galioto July 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Hello, there is an update to the story, now that an indictment was filed: http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/driver-indicted-in-december-crash-that-killed-toms-river-woman
Anthony Abramson January 29, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Hear is a up date on the case about my mother I got a call today from the state attorney about my mother's case she told me that the state is offering 7 years his attorney wants 5 the judge said okay I'll go in between and go 6 if he doesn't take the play and goes to trial he is looking at only 6 years for the vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal crash you all know my mother was killed by drunk driver on December 17 2011 and my father was very badly hurt in the crash as well please pray for my family on fair justice and so many others that are going through what we are going through thank you then my sister texed me with this No it doesnt and i feel i have done all i can with the petitions and other stuff I just got this text right now he pleaded guilty and sentencing is scheduled for March 15th. No time yet. Carol will explain everything.

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