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Minivan, Skateboarder Collide at Route 70 Intersection

Teen crossed lanes against "Do Not Walk" sign, police say

A 16-year-old Brick Township resident on a skateboard was struck by a minivan while crossing a busy intersection Friday night just after 10 p.m., police said.

Traffic was detoured on Route 70 near the intersection with Route 88 for about two hours after the accident, in which a 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan being driven by Michael E. Dejuana Jr., 21, of Brick, struck a 16-year-old juvenile who was riding a skateboard, said Brick Police Officer Scott Dierking.

The teen, whose identity was not released, was riding across the eastbound lanes of Route 70 against a "do not walk" signal and had crossed three lanes before being hit by Dejuana, who had a green light at the time, Dierking said.

The teen was thrown to the center median; the minivan stopped in the left lane of Route 70.

Brick Police EMS and MONOC paramedics arrived on scene and transported the teen to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He or she was reported to have sufferred an unknown head trauma, a broken leg and several lacerations.

Brick Township Police Traffic Safety Officers Dierking and Jay Lampiasi are investigating the crash. No summonses have been issued.

JB July 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I feel sorry for the young man that was struck, the motorist that was involved in the accident, those that responded but it seems that everyone else including the lights, signs,traffic light, width of the roads all was a cause of this accident. Everything but the young man who crossed in the dark at night. Lets be responsible for our actions.
Mark Story Jenks July 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Brick seems to have a very high rate of things like this.
read bull July 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Why do these little twits insist on riding those things on main roads?? Half the time they are all in black, at night you can't see them, and why don't the helmet laws apply as they do for bike riders? They're on wheeled vehicles, no matter the size of the wheels, they should wear helmets. They always ride on the wrong side of the road, too! Give the twit and the parents a fine and a ticket and confine all these dimwitted idiots to a skate park.
2much2say July 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The Lyin Hawaiian Its called FREEDOM OF SPEECH Don't like a comment don't read it., move on to better things in your life!
Tim July 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Has anyone heard how the child is doing??
Erin July 29, 2012 at 02:09 AM
When are people going to be held accountable for their actions? The kid should be issued a summons, I'm sorry he got hurt but unless the cops start giving out tickets to people who make their own rules and do as they please this town will become more dangerous for the drivers
Slippery Slope July 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Someone here was smokin some choom. Choomin and zoomin don't mix.
Slippery Slope July 29, 2012 at 02:42 AM
You can say anything you want, but the Patch can delete anything it wants also. Its called freedom of the press.
Slippery Slope July 29, 2012 at 02:46 AM
You high on the choom or what? " You got to cross at the green , not in between." How can you stop for someone you don't see? Is it just me or do you all see 30 to 40 year old "men" riding skate boards around town? What up with that?
Slippery Slope July 29, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Is it just me or do you all see 30 to 40 year old "men" riding skate boards all around town? What up with that? that's what happens when mommy and daddy let junior sit in his room and get high on da choom all day. 30, 40 year olds riding skate boards living at home with mom and dad. Disgracefuil.
Craig vb July 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM
I said yesterday I know this boy and the coments are getting the family very up set so before you make stupid comments please think of your own children. There were two boys at that cross walk and they said they pushed the button and he was holding the skate board when they were crossing. They did not have enough time the light changed. This young man is in ICU in bad shape and his life will be changed for ever so the next time you want to comment on a child please think first because I have two.
clamdigger July 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM
perhaps if the article provided some more in depth detail, comments could be a little less abrasive. Something the reporters might want to think about.
jerseyswamps July 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I think part of the problem is all these "yield to pedestrians" signs we see along places like boardwalks, shopping centers, etc. Too many of our young are being groomed into thinking all they have to do is step or skate out anywhere onto a road and cars will stop.
clamdigger July 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM
i don't know how the crosswalk system is set up as to how much time is provided to cross the road, but I'd have to believe that when a signal is activated by the cross walk button/device, there should be additional time provided than what a standard changing of traffic signals would be. That being said, Ive walked through many intersections and used the crossing button and have never been caught "in between" at a light, but I don't take my time either. Common sense should dictate the need to cross quickly/expediently.
jonftg July 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I hope everyone is ok here, but in reality the boy should get some kind of ticket if they can verify that he crossed against the light. Someone could have died trying to avoid hitting him. Bad intersection all around, but especially bad for pedestrians.
Bowie Thelonius July 29, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I'm truly sorry the kid got hit by a car, but I've driven on Hwy 88, Pt. Pleasant to Brick, and the number of kids (mostly boys), on skateboards and bikes, ON THE HIGHWAY, is astonishing. About a month ago, there were four boys on bikes, riding abreast on the road, and giving the finger to anyone who honked at them. Doesn't anyone teach their kids basic safety anymore?
Tim July 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I agree he is a great kid. Do you have any update on how he is doing? I have been asking around and nobody really knows.
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 29, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Clam -- "The reporters" go by what's included in the official police reports. We deal in facts. I'm not sure what "in depth detail" you're looking for. Hospitals do not release private medical information on patients to the press - it's against the law. Frankly, because it was a juvenile involved, the police did not release the name to begin with, which is standard procedure. Like I said, we gave all the facts of the accident as included in the police report after it happened. I'm not sure what more there is to print.
Gussie sarpong July 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
For all the idiotic and non empathetic immoral unhumans whom have nothing else better to do but post the most unreal and irrational posts.... Now is the time for prayer and empathy for both parties and NOT time to bash anyone so grow up! As far as the Brick police are concerned if you feel that you can make a difference go to school and become a cop if not go keep yourselves busy doing something interesting!!!!! Do you have children? Prob not !!! Urgggg dumb people these days!!!! My heart goes out to both parties involved!!!!
Scarlet July 29, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Shame on you for posting such a insensitive thing. Everyone makes mistakes and as a child I am sure that you did some stupid things (and if you have a child I'm sure that they have made some less than desirable decisions or will in their life). "Let he that is without sin cast the first stone"
clamdigger July 29, 2012 at 05:55 PM
hi Dan, as posted in the first sentence of the artice it reads; "A 16-year-old Brick Township resident on a skateboard was struck by a minivan while crossing a busy intersection Friday night just after 10 p.m., police said." only to find out or have Craig vb say that; "There were two boys at that cross walk and they said they pushed the button and he was holding the skate board when they were crossing." this is information that contradicts and should be confirmed if possible. i believe the same thing happened in the Briffa incident on Jordan Rd. if i'm not mistaken it was reported that the boy was skateboarding on Jordan Road only to have "witnesses" come forward and post that in fact the boy was walking.
Joseph Woolston Brick July 29, 2012 at 08:46 PM
This article needs updating, hows is the kid doing?
Donna Frank July 30, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I can hardly believe some of the comments I am reading.....I hope none of you insensitive swines ( since we're name calling) ever have to suffer the pain that this poor family is going through. None of them would ever write such comments if it was your family.
hope all is well July 30, 2012 at 11:14 AM
So scary.. I have teenagers, & worry about them all the time everytime they go out on their bikes ..( one needing to use it to gey home from work ) NOT that I would allow my teenager to be out at 10pm BUT as we all think we know what our kids are doing.. WE DONT always do & they think NOTHING willl ever happen to them. But it Does,, I hope the kid recovers & is ok. as parent I cant imagine what they are all going threw right now. Honestly, We tell out kids to go out & play incourage them to be active, but in order to get around Brick NO MATTER what time of day, they are Very dangerous intersections for them to cross & have to risk their lives just to ride their bikes..
Gary Homes July 31, 2012 at 07:54 AM
while I do hope he recovers with no permanent damage I don't understand why people in this town don't know how to cross the street. they blindly cross without paying attention to oncoming cars honestly how hard is it to pay attention?
Gary Homes July 31, 2012 at 07:59 AM
while I do hope he recovers with no permanent damage, I don't understand why kids in this town don't know how to cross the street. They nonchalantly walk or ride their bikes around as if they want to get hit by a car.
MJ Fletcher July 31, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Have seen boys on skateboards and bikes crossing over in the middle of Route 70 with cars everywhere!! Jumping over the cement medium!! What the H...!! I agree with JD give a ticket!! And for pete sake people!! A bike is moving vehicle you're suppose to ride with the traffic, on the same side of the road, stop at red lights & stop signs and use hand signals to turn! Dud!!! this isn't "rock science" it's called "Common Sense" and or a Death Wish!! Stupid is as Stupud does! ...........Give them all tickets! Most Sincerely MJFletcher
Brick NJ Mom July 31, 2012 at 11:06 PM
YES its a death wish to be on a bike in Brick... btwn the Bennies & the seniors ... theres a REAL good chance you'll be hit. Sad that they IF you want to or just have nho other means of transportion you have to have a death wish to get around town..
Andy Pat August 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Glad to report the victim of this accident is recovering. Responsibility in a traffic accident often spreads to more than one individual. While this adolescent clearly made some poor decisions the 21 year old driver may share some responsibility. Was he in any way impaired? Cell phone talking? Texting? Would any of these actions on the driver's part absolve the teen? Of course not. But the blame game is not always black and white.
Patti Magnusson October 31, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Your messed up!

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