Pedestrian Loses Leg in Lanes Mill Road Accident

Police: unclear why Coca-Cola deliveryman entered the roadway

A Coca-Cola deliveryman lost his leg Friday night after being struck by a vehicle near the Lanes Mill Road Wawa store, police said.

Jorge Garriga, 41, of Perth Amboy, was completing a delivery in the area at about 6:06 p.m. when the accident occurred.

"For reasons unknown at this time," Brick Police Sgt. David Bedrosian said, Garriga, who was wearing dark clothing, entered the roadway near the exit of the Wawa convenience store parking lot.

Nicole M. Atrashewski, 22, of Brick, had just turned from the eastbound lane of Burnt Tavern Road onto Lanes Mill Road in her 2006 Mazda sedan and struck Garriga and his delivery handcart, Bedrosian said.

Atrashewski came to a controlled stop 75 feet from the area of the accident, Bedrosian said.

Garriga was airlifted by Southstar Aeromedical Helicopter to the trauma unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Police said his leg was severed as a result of the accident.

The Bernard J. Cooke Memorial Park, adjacent to the Wawa, was utilized as a landing zone for Southstar. Herbertsville Fire Company assisted with securing the landing zone.

Brick police officers Brian Ulman and Jay Nye were the first to arrive on scene. Brick Police EMS and MONOC paramedics also responded.

One lane in the area of the crash was closed to southbound traffic on Lanes Mill Road during the investigation. The closure of the lane lasted approximately two hours, Bedrosian said.

Bedrosian and Officer Jay Lampiasi of the Brick Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit responded and are conducting the crash investigation. Surveillance video has been secured by police, and the cause of the crash is pending the investigation.

Anyone with information surrounding the crash is being asked to contact the Brick police department's traffic safety unit at 732-262-1140.

WMS826 November 24, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Sounds like the pedestrian is at fault so far.
Rachel November 24, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Pedestrians have right of way... Sounds to me like the driver needs to pay more attention
Mike November 24, 2012 at 02:21 PM
That is a very misunderstood law, pedestrians only have the right of way in a crosswalk when the pedestrian is in a "marked crosswalk". A person can not just walk into the street at a random spot and expect vehicles to stop, especially in a dark high-volume area such as the one where the accident occurred.
common sense November 24, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Why was the Coke truck in the road and not in the parking lot?
John Forsyth November 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
They very rarely park the trucks in that parking lot. It is so small and there are always cars parked. Seems like it is just a freak accident that occurred. That is a very busy intersection, especially at that time of the day. Prayers go out to the victim and his family and for the girl driving the car.
lloyd christmas November 24, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The driver had parked his truck in the Wawa lot, it was on the side of Wawa, i had found out that he went across the street to shell to talk to the guys that work there. He was grabbing snacks n had used there bathroom & got hit on the way back to wawa
WMS826 November 24, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Keep telling yourself you have the right of way when you suffer his injury god forbid. If I want to know how stupid people can be I just log in here and this tells me all. You do not have the right of way regardless. Only in a crosswalk or using a traffic light as a car would. Even if you did how can a car stop safely n time if you walk out in front of it. Then again maybe some of you should try it.
Kaiah November 24, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Accidents happen and they can happen to anyone. It can happen at any time or day and they are unexpected. Many vendors always park their trucks where this man had his truck parked and yes it is a busy intersection, but it also has its speed limit. We should always be aware of our surroundings and my prayers go out to this man, who was just doing his job, and also to his family.
WMS826 November 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I agree Kaiah...well said.
Martin Patch November 25, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I agree with you as well Kaiah. It shouldn't be unclear. This man was just doing his job just like many others do. Accidents happen. God sees it all. God bless this man and his family. My prayers are with him and his family.
J.JONES November 25, 2012 at 03:56 AM
That area is just a mess..cars always speeding to make left and right turns...Delivery trucks always park along side of building...If he went across the street police have find out what went wrong..said for the families involved..
Will November 25, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Ump November 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Wonder if a "Cell phone" was involved? I see so many people using them when driving.
Brittany Desch November 25, 2012 at 07:14 PM
It needs to be determined whether he was in the road or not, and why? Yes, he was doing his job, but it seems like he also crossed the street possibly without looking. It is a very busy intersection. Even driving there makes me nervous, and I live there.
Oochie November 25, 2012 at 07:46 PM
first of all, my heart goes out to both parties. It's a horrible situation. Secondly though, I can't help but notice that this article seems to place the pedestrian at fault before the facts are even known. It makes mention of the pedestrian wearing dark clothing..which was probably a uniform. There also was a comment about where the tractor trailer was parked.. This trailer is probably 40 feet long, very hard to find a place to accomodate that size. In reference to the article, it says the driver came to a controlled stop after 75 ft. Controlled stop?? It makes no mention that the pedestrian was dragged for 75 ft. , why did it take so long to stop. How is it that he could have darted in front of oncoming cars while wheeling a handtruck of soda? We don't know all the facts yet so I think we should wait and see. In the meantime, lets not jump to conclusions on either side. Both of these peoples lives have been drastically changed.
Robert November 25, 2012 at 11:21 PM
http://www.csgnetwork.com/stopdistinfo.html at 25 mph it should take 85 feet to stop. i feel bad for both parties but this i not the place to walk out of a crosswalk at night
AngelsWatch November 26, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Then no one should be walking anywhere at times of the night. Its true that in certain aspects for each of these two people their lives have changed and will change. I honestly think that people should stop blaming the pedestrian because this is what seems to keep happening. No one knows the whole story. Its only been told from one side. People when driving at whatever time should be watching their surroundings. Driving isnt an activity that should be taken as something fun but instead should be a big responsibility. My prayers go out to to this man and his loved ones.
JD November 26, 2012 at 06:05 AM
First and foremost my prayers go out to the gentleman who has suffered such a loss and to his family. Second of all, in understand that everyone is entitled to an opinion but from reading some comments, it seems that there are too many who without gathering enough information or facts have already placed the blame on the man who was doing his job. Last time I checked, there is no law that states what color of clothing you have to wear in order to cross the street so that argument is already shot. Next, from what it seems there are individuals that have done some investigating and already know whom these some to, what he was doing and so forth. If this is the case and in such a small amount of time know so much details, have you contacted the number provided to help the investigating officer? If not, kindly do so. Last, while it it still unclear the exact circumstances for such a terrible tragedy, the reality of the matter is that the pedestrian was the one who suffered the greatest loss. In a split second his life will forever be changed, not only physically, but also emotionally, professionally and mentally. My only hope is for his speedy recovery and to the police to investigate and not disregard simply because it was a busy intersection.
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francene November 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM
oochie, I agree . This article makes it seem like the coke drivers fault, he was wearing dark clothing, yes his uniform, and she came to a controlled stop???? that's police speak not newspaper writer speak. 75feet why did it take her that long to stop. Sounds like she know's someone. and if he was pushing his cart he wasn't across the street getting a snack, he wouldn't take the cart across the street. Maybe he was delivering to the gas station.


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