An early morning accident damaged three vehicles and resulted in injuries to four people, with one facing multiple motor vehicle charges including driving while intoxicated.
The accident occurred at 1:49 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of routes 70 and 88, according to Brick Police Sgt. David G. Bedrosian.
Police say Bryan Vanderburgh, 27, of Brick, was driving a 2012 Nisssan Frontier pickup and violated the red light signal as he was traveling eastbound on Route 70, approaching the Laurelton exchange. His vehicle struck a 1994 Acura Integra driven by Edwin Triana, 28, of Toms River, who was proceeding through the intersection on Route 88 in the westbound direction.
Triana had a green light at the time, according to an accident report.
The force of the impact caused the Acura to continue toward the southeast corner of the intersection, where it came to final rest after hitting a traffic light pole. After the crash, the Nissan continued across the westbound lanes of Route 70 and came to a final rest on top of the curbing at the access ramp in front of The Jersey Paddler store.
Members of the Laurelton Fire Company were called to extricate occupants of the Acura.
A third vehicle, a 2005 Scion driven by Kyle Fleming, 21, of Point Pleasant, sustained damage after flying debris from the accident hit the car.
Vanderburgh, the driver of the Nissan, was taken to Ocean Medical Center for treatment of a minor bruise on his head.
Triana, the driver of the Acura, and two passengers, were taken to transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, for treatment of their injuries.
Triana sustained multiple fractures to his lower right leg and laceration to the back of his head. A passenger, Anthony G. Nieves, 25, of Jackson, sustained a head laceration and another passenger, Brian J. Unglert, 28, of Hoboken, was suffering from a broken shoulder and a possible broken collarbone.
Vanderburgh was charged with DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to observe a traffic signal and failure to wear a seatbelt.
Bedrosian said additional charges against Vanderburgh pending further investigation.
Brick Township Police Officers Alvarado, Byers, DeMarco, Olivieri and Sergeant Sandra Naiduk were the initial responding officers on scene. Detective David Margentino of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office responded as well as the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Unit.
Brick Township Police Department EMS, Quality First Aid and MONOC paramedics also responded to the scene.
The roadway was closed in the area of the crash for about three and a half hours with the assistance of the state Department of Transportation.
Bedrosian and Officer Scott Dierking of the Brick Township Police Traffic Safety Unit responded to the scene and are conducting the investigation.