Toms River Police Officer Injured in Route 37 Accident Avoiding Car Driving Wrong Direction
Toms River–As Toms River Police Officer William Hutton drove along Route 37 near Brookside Drive after he stopped his vehicle after witnessing a speeding vehicle pass by in the opposite direction of traffic. Skylar Dean of Manchester , was driving behind Hutton and could not stop in time, striking Officer Hutton’s patrol car. Officer Hutton was treated for minor injuries and transported to Community Medical Center.
The speeding vehicle, operated by Meghann Sabato of Toms River was stopped moments later by Officer Greg Errion. Sabato was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and other motor vehicle violations.
According to a release issued today by Captain Steve Henry:
Officer Hutton immediately activated his emergency lights and siren and came to an abrupt stop,The west bound vehicle swerved, narrowly missing the police unit. A second vehicle operated by a Skylar Dean of Whiting was traveling east bound behind the police unit. Dean was unable to stop in time, striking the police vehicle in the rear.
Officer Errion activated his emergency lights and stopped his vehicle. The east bound vehicle passed him and turned off the highway into a parking lot. Officer Errion was able to detain the operator as she attempted to exit the vehicle.
Officer Hutton is credited for his initial actions which in this case prevented a head-on collision with his vehicle, and the other motorist behind him.