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Brick Woman, 60, Charged In Fatal Accident

Deborah Tadych was charged with one count of death by auto

A 60-year-old Brick woman was arrested Thursday in connection with a fatal head-on traffic collision that took place last month, police said.

Deborah Tadych was charged with one count of death by auto several weeks after her vehicle allegedly struck and killed 65-year-old Susan Steeper of Brick.

The warrant was signed by Superior Court Judge Francis Hodgson with bail set at $50,000, with no 10 percent option. After being processed, Tadych was transported and lodged in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River.             

Since the crash Tadych has been hospitalized at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune with injuries sustained from the crash. Tadych was arrested upon her release from the hospital, police said.

The joint investigation with the Vehicular Homicide Unit of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office resulted in the arrest.

On Dec. 18 at 6:37 p.m, Tadych allegedly crossed the double-yellow line in the center of Herbertsville Road, approximately 300 feet south of Sawmill Road, when the accident took place, police said.

Steeper was driving northbound on Herbertsville Road in her 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis when she was struck by a 2008 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Tadych.

Tadych's vehicle hit Steeper's head-on, police said.

Steeper had to be extricated from her vehicle by members of the Herbertsville Fire Department. She was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where she later succumbed to internal injuries, police said.

Tadych was initially taken to the hospital with a fractured hip.

Brick Police Officer James Kelly and Sgt. Lawrence Petrola were the first responding officers. Brick Police EMS, Volunteer EMS and MONOC paramedics also responded.

Officer Jay Lampiasi and Dierking, both of the traffic safety unit, are investigating, assisted by Detective Alley of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office. Witnesses to the crash are being asked to call the traffic safety unit at 732-262-1140.

none of yobusiness January 03, 2013 at 11:38 PM
$50,000 bail for taking a life doesnt seem like enough.
clamdigger January 04, 2013 at 12:14 AM
she's 60yrs old and recovering from a broken hip, not someone I'd call a flight risk. there is no mention of cause of accident besides crossing into the oncoming lane. No mention of booze, phone or any other possible cause, so this could just be a formality to bring it to a grand jury to see if it needs to proceed to trial.
dorothyr January 04, 2013 at 01:18 AM
no mention of a cause other than crossing into the oncoming lane? crossing a double yellow line is a driving violation and cost one woman her life. what more do you need?
Seriously January 04, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Patty Doyle got nothing for running down an 18yo boy, he was passing a car that slowed down because of the boys. he could not wait, and he had been drinking. WTF!!
nunya bidness January 04, 2013 at 01:54 AM
I need say nothing.......I know too much....RIP mom...
delihahbear January 04, 2013 at 01:54 AM
It is who you know in this town, had a nephew that was killed by a young driver who came out of a car dealership his father happened to own, onto the main road. My nephew lost his life and the young driver walked without even a ticket!!!
SquanMom09 January 04, 2013 at 03:17 AM
So crossing a double line puts you in jail? What were the reasons? Was she drinking?
none of yobusiness January 04, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I knew Susan, she was a wonderful person who lost her life as a result of someones negligence. Now this person must take responsibility for their actions.
GT January 04, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Patrick Doyle, the man who fatally struck and killed a Brick teenager on a skateboard in 2011, will spend the next six months in jail and lose his license for 10 years, a judge ruled Thursday night. Doyle, 55, pleaded guilty to a single count of driving while intoxicated in front of Municipal Court Judge Daniel Sahin in Brick Township municipal court. It is his third DWI conviction.
WMS826 January 04, 2013 at 02:21 PM
So what could be so secretive about this case. Was she drug or on marijuanna that everyone wants legalized. Was she texting...what happened. There are too many distractions now behind the wheel, phones, Ipods, CD players...lets make a law banning all equipment like this from being in a vehicle or from having manufactuers making their cars compatable with.
Bricktown Lew January 04, 2013 at 04:09 PM
WMS826, I couldn't agree more!!!It sickens me to think of the "state" drivers could be in today, but also the many different types of distractions that are out there now. High end cars are not only coming standard with larger video screen by their dashes, but mouse-like devices by their console! If that wasn't bad enough, new cars are offering built-in Wi-Fi!!! That should help out more with the texting. How many of us when at a light look at the driver beside us looking down by their belt? Think they are "examining their zipper?" Of course not! They are texting. The scariest thing is that these cars aren't driven by professional drivers, pilots, or astronauts. They are being driven by the average idiot of the day who barely passes their driver's test. Be careful out there and don't trust other drivers!!
Freebirde January 04, 2013 at 10:34 PM
She CROSSED to PASS! NO crissing DOUBLE yellow PERIOD!!!!
Mare January 05, 2013 at 01:02 PM
And nothing for killing the boy??? That's standard punishment for a third DUI. That is totally wrong. So sad that a young life was taken and nothing is done.
Don Mulvey January 06, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Sorry for your lose, was Susan your mother ?
Don Mulvey January 06, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Sorry for the lose of your friend. I knew someone with the same name. I have not seen or heard from her for years., wondering if this is the same person. Did she have a daughter named Kim ?
Bowie Thelonius January 06, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Apparently this woman doesn't have Doyle's connection. If there was no alcohol, drugs, or phone use involved, this is just a tragic accident. So will they throw the book at her to make up for what they didn't to do Doyle? Something is rotten here.
Bowie Thelonius January 06, 2013 at 04:32 PM
I remember that. I'm sorry for the loss of your nephew. Maybe it's time to involve the state in some of these cases?
Mare January 06, 2013 at 04:43 PM
That's whay has me so shocked!
Mare January 06, 2013 at 04:44 PM
What about NO DUI AND KILLING A CHILD PERIOD!!! To me it's comparing apples and oranges. They are two totally different types of cases.
KC January 07, 2013 at 06:25 AM
People, please please be careful out there. This driving especially as one gets a little older, in the dark is not to be taken lightly. Our roads have never been busier nor have we ever had so many distracted motorists and pedestrians due in part to those damn cell phone/tablets. We need to slow down a little. Too many of us are in a hurry to get nowhere. Be careful out there and drive safe.
thomas January 08, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I agree KC
brickface January 08, 2013 at 10:56 PM
To many of you who commented above - you know who you are: I think you should consider that a trial hasn't even begun! No evidence has been presented; just a police report. No one knows what she was doing at the time of the accident, or anything else. So of course, there is no sentence... so who said this woman is going to get off easy anyway? She may face plenty of jail time. It looks like she couldn't post bail, so she's probably in jail right now... or still in the hospital. Nobody can condone bad driving especially when it involves the loss of life. If it was your or my mom that died, sure we'd be in agony, devastated, looking for answers. But if it was your mom who lost control of that car for whatever reason, (whether it was terrible carelessness or totally unavoidable) don't you think you would also be in agony, devastated, looking for answers. You don't think she did it on purpose, do you? (And don't forget, she has NO priors for anything!) By the way, I think that a 6-month sentence for that three-time loser is ridiculous. HE got off easy... and I think we will hear more about that in coming months. Just watch. So, if you are really interested in this case, find out a few basic facts before you post your irrational flailing comments. We all want and deserve justice. Let's not be mindless blood-thirsty revenge mongers!
simplylinda March 16, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Didn't the driver later die?
Mare March 16, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Amen to both of you. It just doesn't seem fair.
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