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Driver in Route 88 Accident Charged With Multiple Offenses

Amanda Keating, 25, facing DWI and other charges after Sunday morning crash

A driver who is facing multiple charges, including DWI, said the Brick Township Police Department.

Amanda Keating, a 25 year-old resident of Franklin Park, New Jersey, was charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone, careless driving and reckless driving, after colliding with a telephone pole and traffic signal at the intersection of Route 88 and Van Zile Road in Brick.

Sgt. Keith Reinhard said that Keating took her eyes off the road for a moment to look at her cell phone when the crash occurred, just before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. At that time, Keating was traveling westbound with a passenger, 25 year-old Nicole Perkins of Bridgewater, New Jersey.

“The driver complained of neck pain and her passenger of knee pain, and both were taken to Brick Hospital for treatment,” said Reinhard. Keating was subsequently placed under arrest.

Additionally, a second accident later occurred at the intersection, when a passing car struck the downed pole in the roadway. The intersection of Route 88 and Van Zile Road was closed for several hours following the crash, in order to allow for repairs to the telephone pole and traffic signal.

Reinhard did not have specific information on scheduling for Keating’s court date, but did mention that typically, the first court appearance for a DWI violation takes place within a week of said violation.

Donnlee August 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I guess these brainless retards driving and attached to cell phones are a product of a brainless education......the real tragedy is when they hurt and kill others.
Vincent Briffa August 06, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Convenient it was her first, so her trial is a week wait. Once you're a repeat offender it takes a year and then some time to get a trial to happen. Stop Doyle.
Joseph Woolston Brick August 06, 2012 at 04:35 PM
One charge is interesting and I have a feeling will be dropped as it makes no sense, driving while DWI in a school zone, well school is out for the summer right AND it was on a Sunday. Was Sunday school in session, which I doubt because nobody could get in or out of Vanzile anyway. I'm not defending what this person did, I'm just amazed at all the charges one gets hit with anymore. Is it if they can't get you on one charge they can try to get you on another? Cash strapped state and towns trying to recoup their losses for bad costly decisions by the powers in charge that caused the towns and state to be almost bankrupt? Is it more costly to the taxpayers to prosecute all these charges instead of one main charge that will stick? Can you get a speeding ticket on Midstreams Road if you don't slow down in front of the school even though the schools not in session?
Kathy Bottone August 06, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Please don't use the term "retards". It is such a derogatory term. No lecture about our cognitively impaired population, just a simple request to use another term when referring to people you consider stupid. Thanks.
Joseph Woolston Brick August 06, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I also forgot, the accident happened at 1:30 AM in the morning, what school would be in session at that hour? I think even a blind man would see the DWI in a school zone charge was bogus unless the school was in operation at the time.
Typical Obama Voter August 06, 2012 at 09:20 PM
@ Kathy, please refrain from using the derogatory term "stupid". It is highly offensive to some people. Ignorant or uneducated would be more appropriate. "retards" is short for mentally retarded or emotionally retarded, which are valid medical terms used for hundreds of years. Retarded means impeded or deficient.
Jocko August 06, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Her arraignment is scheduled for the next available court date at which time she will be read her charges and be required to enter a guilty or not guilty plea.
Honest August 07, 2012 at 05:29 AM
They both made a very irresponsible choice. Now they will be dealing with the consequences of there actions. We all make mistakes. Thankfully, no one was terribly injured & these young girls were given a second chance. Hopefully they learn there lesson. God bless.
Hollowman August 07, 2012 at 10:41 AM
According to state law an area is not "temporarily" a school zone. it is simply defined as a portion of a highway which is either contiguous to territory occupied by a school building or is where school crossings are established in the vicinity of a school. It is not dependent upon time of day, season, or day of the week, as specifically stated in 39:4-50g "Nor shall it be relevant to the imposition of sentence that no juveniles were present on the school property or crossing zone at the time of the offense or that the school was not in session." It is not a bogus charge, though as you know absolutely nothing about law, title 39, police work, DUI's, school zones, or police procedure, I would not expect you to know that Joseph. These laws were created to protect our students who can, do, and are encouraged to use the schools at their leisure whether it be for sporting practice (football is in session for the HS's), after school events for any school clubs, as well as any other number of things a student can use the school for at any hour of the day. The fact this was during the summer and was at an hour you consider to be "too late" to effect a student is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is it is an area frequented by students regardless of the day or time. You seem to have a need for controversy as a means to define yourself.
can't say who August 07, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Understanding the definition of School Zone might be difficult for our $100,000 plus police force since you only need a GED or high school diploma to qualify for a job. Most surrounding larger towns require a college degree or junior college with additional military service. Come on Brick, let’s get better educated police who know that on Sunday at 1:30 AM the school zone flashing yellow light is turned off. (Only kidding about a yellow flashing light)
Hollowman August 07, 2012 at 11:14 AM
a school zone is clearly defined for the purpose of NJ motor vehicle infractions in 39:1-1, and as I posted above the statute 39:4-50g is the DUI in a school zone specific statute that states the presence of students or time of day is irrelevant to the charge. I really wish people would refrain from commenting on things they know absolutely nothing about.
read bull August 07, 2012 at 11:22 AM
see? i told you there was a phone involved!!
Anthony August 07, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Do you guys really think "School Zone" only applies when school is in session? I have exactly 0 hours of Law Education, AND I attended Brick schools, and even I know that. Come on.
can't say who August 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
To Hollowman and Anthony, Thanks for the correction and education. Really.
byebye August 08, 2012 at 12:29 AM
reason #1 why we dont want bennies here ( Ok Franklin lakes... Not a Bennie by term) But anyone over the Bridge to us locals is a benny ,,,,BGH!!!

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