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Toms River man struck while crossing Cherry Quay Road intersection

A Toms River man was injured after being hit by a car while walking along Drum Point Road Sunday night.

Brick Police Ptl. Scott Dierking said Durrell L. Warford, 30, was attempting to cross Cherry Quay Road while walking east on Drum Point Road when he was struck by a 2003 Ford Focus being driven by Casey F. Russo, 18, of Brick.

The accident occurred at 10:58 p.m. Sunday.

Dierking said in a prepared statement that Warford was in the crosswalk on the south side of the intersection when he was struck by Russo, who was attempting to make a left turn from the westbound lane of Drum Point onto the southbound lane of Cherry Quay.

The impact of the accident sent Warford into the northbound lane of Cherry Quay. The car came to rest on the shoulder of Cherry Quay.

Warford was taken by state police medevac helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, for treatment of head trauma and possible internal injuries.

Brick Police Ptl. Miller and Ptl. Lardieri were first arriving units on the scene. Brick Volunteer EMS and MONOC paramedics also responded, along with members of the Breton Woods and Pioneer Hose fire companies.

Ptl. Jay Lampiasi and Dierking of the police department's Traffic Safety Unit are investigating the crash. Detective Waldhelm of the Brick Township Police ID Unit responded to photograph the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is being asked to contact the Traffic Safety Unit at 732-262-1140.

Shannon May 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
And Linda that "black guy" is Durrell. And Casey is an idiot. He was laughing after he hit him. I was behind him and saw everything ; )
linda oliverio May 07, 2012 at 05:34 PM
then where was the drink? he didnt have one when he ran in front of casey's car.
linda oliverio May 07, 2012 at 05:36 PM
and its "durrell's " fault for not being in the cross walk.
Shannon May 07, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I know you don't care, you're ignorant I think that's obvious. Hit like a bitch?? I don't know where that came from sorry hunny.
smartenup May 07, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Casey is an ignorant child. He tries to show off his stupid car and I see him flying around every corner passing people illegaly and trying to race people. I have a son and just because I have a honda your idiot friend tries to race me with my 2 month old in the car. Get a grip you limmature girls. And that turn has a left turning lane so how can it come up fast?? This kid just drives like a retard. If you wanna show off take it to the track. Bricktowns full of children and pedestrians. He needs to take responsibilty for his actions an learn how to drive his garbage car.
your face May 07, 2012 at 06:26 PM
i know this kid he does drive like ass he speeds and trys to show off now there is a chance it was not his fault but he is a bad driver always trying to show off and he smokes alot of weed and drinks alot and state law is if someone gets sersouly injuered in a car accident the driver at fault must give a blood and hair drug test and if it comes up they did a drug or achool in the past week the charge gets bumped up attempet vechilar manslaughter i hope the best for the man hit and it sucks that casey is in this situation but he should be more careful
Joseph Woolston Brick May 07, 2012 at 06:28 PM
It doesn't matter what one wears at night? Who said that? Really? It's been awhile since a young person was hit on Jordan Road and unfortunately lost his life, yeah I know there were other circumstances BUT you would think the kids that live in the Midstreams area would have learned from that horrible lesson. The kids are still longboarding/skateboarding on Jordan, late at night with dark clothing on. The other night I was walking my dog on Jordan using what little sidewalk there is on that road, when I heard a sound, I knew that sound, it was either a skateboard or a longboard coming down the road, I couldn't see it, but I could hear it. Sure enough this kid around 16 goes whizzing by me, half on the shoulder and half on the road itself with dark clothing and a hoodie on covering his head. I didn't see him until he was right by me, how could someone in a car see that? You parents that live in the Midstreams/Jordan road areas should be paying more attention to what your kids are doing, I don't think we need another memorial on Jordan or any other road in this area. It's heartbreaking.
Michelle Russo Newton May 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Prayers for EVERYONE!!!
smartenup May 07, 2012 at 06:50 PM
he flies past me on laurel almost everyday i know this becuse its a black ford focus with green on it and his back window says RUSSO. i hope he learned his lesson
noneofyourbusiness May 07, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Drum point is REALLY dark at night, as.i lived off of it for 3years. Ive come close to almost hitting several people because they were in dark colors and i did not see them.until i was maybe five.feet.away. They also do not have ANY SIDEWALKS on that street and a shoulder that one cannot even walk on.
noneofyourbusiness May 07, 2012 at 07:26 PM
And.you should never cross a street at night when a cars coming being 30 you should know that i know that and im almost half the stupid guys age. People have a hard time.seeing at night dont.cross.the.road, retard
Anthony May 07, 2012 at 07:28 PM
That entrance to Cherry Quay is a disaster. Making a right off of Drum Point, you can't see around that Tree right along side the road and there is NO sidewalk to walk on, so people have to step onto the street to go around it. I lived in Cherry Quay for 26 years and that road is a death trap. I hope this guy is alright, and I hate to break it to the teenage girls defending this kid, but the guy was in a crosswalk, it's 100% Casey's fault no matter what Durrell was wearing or what color his skin was. I think you guys should spend less time defending Casey and more time in English class, because your grammar is an embarrassment. Nothing says "Future Petroleum Transfer Technician" like being unable to write a grammatically correct sentence. BTHS should be ashamed.
Mary Mack May 07, 2012 at 07:32 PM
You are so right Sharon. All of Brick has become a major problem with driving. Yesterday, I was driving down Beaverson Blvd. at 9:30 am and a senior citizen came into my southbound lane from the north lane. He realized and went back. That could have been a head on collision. Between the texting, talking, drugs and seniors, Brick is not a nice place anymore.
Anthony May 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
And by the way, it's a well known fact that this kid drives and acts like an idiot. As soon I read the article I said "I bet it's the kid with the black hatchback" Lo and Behold, I was right. I'm sure it's not just him, I'm sure you're all the wonderful kids that stand on the lawn at the Arrington's old house and yell at cars and pretend to throw stuff at us so we swerve. Bunch of winners.
Brick needs Help! May 07, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Honestly who cares what the guy had on or what color he is. He is a human being and that is all that matters is if he will be ok or not. By commenting on his race it just shows what type of person you are. And for the people that say you drive with Casey and he is a good driver how old are you 18 too!!! I have one question why did they tow Casey's car away? And if it was Casey that was walking and he got hit would you think he was in the right?
linda oliverio May 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
linda oliverio May 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
shut up alreaddddddyyyy
linda oliverio May 07, 2012 at 08:22 PM
hahahahah exactlyyy
noneofyourbusiness May 07, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Like seriously how dumb although EVRRYONE stays.in.a.cross.walk.to cross cars never stop and.i always.check.before.crossing.EVERY time. Im 17 its common sense
Daniel Nee (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 09:24 PM
According to the police report, the pedestrian was, indeed, in the cross walk.
Mr. McMurphy May 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
How would you know? Your head was probably down in Casey's lap.
barbara May 07, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Feel very bad for the victim, hope he is ok. From what I am reading this Casey sounds like a careless driver. I see young kids all the time driving like idiots. They won't learn until they kill someone. I am a very careful driver, yea, i am old, i am 57. Once on Rt. 571 before Rt. 70 a young man crossed in the middle of the road and was wearing all black, luckily, i did not hit him. Two lessons to be learned here: if you are walking at night, wear light clothing or reflective gear of some kind. 2) if you a hopped up young person who wants to be cool and drive really fast and weave in and out of everyone and soup up your engine, and blast those speakers, knock it off. If you value your drivers license and want to keep it, you gotta stop driving like show offs.....just saying.
sharon polito May 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Anthony, Well said as I would expect a mature person to respond. Not looking for a great deal of mouth from you smart kids. I live here. Just pay attention and realize a person is hurt. It does not make a difference what color his skin was. Pure ignorane. I do not care who was in the car with Casey. I dont care who was behind him. I do not give a crap what he had for lunch. Durrell Has serious injuries. You can be of color and live in this town. It is legal. Your simple minded comments really are sad.
Sophia Loyd May 07, 2012 at 11:51 PM
It does in fact matter what he was wearing and what color he was.. for this very purpose the folks in Lakewood wear the safety reflective strap.. They wear dark clothes and walk on streets with no sidewalks. The lighting situation is poor, this is not an invitation to go and install super bright lights on all the streets, so both the driver and pedestrian should have been taking the needed precautions. Look before crossing, listen for oncoming cars if there is a bend in the road.. as a driver be cautious for folks on the sides of the road especially around cross walks.
Stacy M May 08, 2012 at 01:19 AM
What would you have liked the kid on his skateboard to do, stay behind you? You would complain about that! He had to go off the sidewalk to get past you, so what! Who cares what he was wearing, no bearing on anything, If he had on shorts and a t-shirt you would complain! Of course you didnt see him you dont have headlights on your head, cars do! Dont start picking on kids and their parents because an accident happened in town. This is a tragedy, one that could or could not have been avoided. Regardless of anything everyone should be praying for the mans recovery, not blaming him for wearing dark clothes, being black, walking in brick when he lives in toms river.... for this child who hit him to be able to overcome the mental stress he will have to live with for the rest of his life, not his car being black with tinted windows, he was on his cell, going to fast. Nobody knows what happened except the driver, and the man walking. Right about now I can put money on it that neither one of them know either!
tired of nothing ever gettin done! May 08, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Well said "Brick Needs Help" I Durrell is ok prayers are with him. And for Casey it is sad to say from what I hear he is a careless driver and regardless if it was dark out or not he should pay attention when driving and does anyone know why his car was towed!!!!
ConcernedCitizen May 08, 2012 at 01:44 AM
My son said he does not even stop for oncoming cars in the school parking lot, ask any senior that drives to BTHS and 90% of them will say he has almost hit them in the parking lot before or after school. It is a shame that it had come to this and my best wishes are for the victim, as for the driver well I hope something is done so the rest of brick towns citizens are safe walking our own streets.
jack mehoff May 08, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Double standard invasion!!!
Timmy 2X May 08, 2012 at 02:09 AM
they call me Timmy 2X cause i say everything two times... INVASION!... INVASION!!
Just sayin'1 May 08, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I can't believe what I have read here tonight!! The fact that someone close to this trash bag kid would actually debate the facts of this case is mIndblowing! It's too bad he hit a human being and not a tree! Nothing like white trash in your neighborhood! That POS has no regard for anyone in the neighborhood! But, what can you expect from rental assistance?! By the way, nice expensive camera you had our their today!! Hope your measuring works out for you too!! Take all the pictures you want! GUILTY ANYWAY!!


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