Two township women – one a driver and one a passenger in a separate car – suffered serious injuries in an accident at the intersection of Drum Point Road and Baywood Boulevard Tuesday night.
According to Brick Police Sgt. David Bedrosian, the 9:21 p.m. crash occurred when a 2012 Hyundai Elantra being driven by Jeanette M. Larussa, 30, of Brick, failed to yield the right of way as she approached the intersection of Baywood and Drum Point while traveling northwest on Baywood.
The Hyundai struck a 2007 Toyota Sequoia being driven by Steven V. Nguyen, 16, who was driving on his learner's permit, Bedrosian said. Nguyen had been traveling eastbound on Drum Point.
The Hyundai came to a stop after striking two wooden posts at the northeast corner of the intersection while the Toyota left the roadway to the right and traveled across the grass median striking a roadway sign, Bedrosian said.
Larussa was taken Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, for treatment of head and internal injuries, while Karen L. Weisneck, 44, a passenger in the Toyota, was taken to Ocean Medical Center for treatment of injuries to her neck and right ankle. Nguyen was not injured.
Traffic was diverted around the crash scene during the investigation for approximately three hours, Bedrosian said. The initial findings, he said, revealed that Larussa was not wearing her seatbelt during the crash and the severity of her injuries "appears to be a direct result of her being unrestrained at the time of the crash."
Bedrosian and Officer Scott Dierking of the Brick Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit responded and are conducting the crash investigation. Brick Police EMS, Brick Township Volunteer First Aid and MONOC paramedics also responded.
Any potential charges in the case are pending the final outcome of the investigation, Bedrosian said.