Toms River Teen Drives Stolen Car Into Tree After Being Startled by Passing Mom
By Phil Stilton
Toms River–For a 13 year old Toms River teen, the only thing more frightening than driving 40 miles per hour through the residential Squire Village neighborhood in a stolen car was seeing his mother pass by in the opposite direction. That’s when the teen lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree, according to Toms River Police
The teen, who was not identified by police, was found to have been driving a 2012 Toyota Camry which was reported stolen earlier in the day from the Bayview Corporate Center on Hooper Avenue.
“Traffic Safety Officer Steven Schwartz and Sergeant Scott Moeller are investigating the theft of a vehicle after investigating an one car crash that occurred 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday on Brokaw Avenue in squire Village section of the Township,” said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. “A 13 year old boy was traveling at over 40 mph on Brokaw Blvd when he past his mother driving her vehicle in the opposite direction. Apparently distracted by seeing his mother the 2012 Toyota Camry he was operating left the roadway and struck a tree.”
The boy was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune where he was treated for a broken nose and hop injury. After getting medical care, he was charged with reckless driving and being an unlicensed driver. Toms River Police say further charges are pending.
Police did not state at this time whether or not the teen was the person who stole the vehicle.