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.