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Pedestrians Injured After Pickup Strikes Car

Two local residents taken to hospitals following crash

A man driving a pickup truck struck the open door of another vehicle Monday morning in the township's Waterside Gardens section, injuring two people in the process.

According to a police report, Joseph M. Contrucci, 25, of Brick, had just made a left turn from Finchley Drive and was traveling northbound on Schindler Drive in a 1999 Ford Ranger when he struck the open front driver’s side door of a taxicab parked on the west side of Schindler.

The call came in to police at 6:06 a.m.

At the time, according to Brick Police Sgt. David Bedrosian, two pedestrians were in the process of loading a large flat screen television into the left rear door of the taxi.

The force of the initial impact caused Nicholas Mercado, 31, of Lakewood, to ride up onto the hood of the taxi while the second pedestrian, John Edwin Dew, 39, of Brick, was impacted by the television which was set in motion as a result of the crash.

Mercado landed 30 feet from the initial crash, Bedrosian said, while the vehicle only moved slightly.

Several police units, starting with Officers Justin Delaney and Scott Smith, responded to the scene, as well as Brick Police EMS and MONOC paramedics.

Mercado was taken to the trauma unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, while Dew was transported to Ocean Medical Center, Brick, with a complaint of leg pain.

Mercado was being treated for a broken left leg, rib and neck injuries, a police report said.

Traffic in the area of the crash was detoured for approximately two hours during the investigation, which is ongoing.

Summonses against Contrucci, who not injured, are pending, Bedrosian said.

Officer Scott Dierking and Officer Jay Lampiasi of the Brick Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit responded and are conducting the crash investigation.

Joseph Bricktown October 02, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Summonses against Contrucci, who not injured, are pending, Bedrosian said. ???? was He was driving his truck with the flow of traffic??? I was taught that it is Illegal to open or have open a car door into the flow of traffic?? I beleive the car with the OPEN DOOR RESTRICTING THE PROPER FLOW OF TRAFFIC IS AT FAULT !!! That's what it says in the NJ State Drivers Handbook , Unless the law has been changed
WMS826 October 02, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Maybe someone got a little mouthy. Waterside Gardens is a hell hole. Either way I guess it is carless driving or perhaps some other fault like texting etc.
Jen October 03, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I'm sorry, I have lived in Waterside for 5 years and it is definitely not a hell hole. It has improved a great deal with a growing family and working class community. Just wanted to educate you before you pass judgement without the facts.
realNJmom October 03, 2012 at 03:01 PM
@ Jen more people than ever or going to be living in places or homes they never thought they would would be. PPL should judge, I bet many are just a mortgage payment away from losing their homes ... Its not where you live, IT HOW you live
realNJmom October 03, 2012 at 03:02 PM
****Should NOT**
JM ATTORNEY ATTORNEY AT LAW October 03, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I also believe the speed limit is 25mph in a residential, and once he exited the vehicle he became a pedestrian and pedestrians ALWAYS have the right away. According to NJ State Drivers handbook. So you're right the laws have not changed. Also... a FORD EXPLORER??? and A LARGE flat Screen TV???? & NOT ONE BUT TWO PEDESTRIANS???Who the hell doesn't see that? You must have a hard time walking through your living room every morning. The fact that you're diverting the blame and are not concerned for the parties you have injured speaks volumes about your character. If I could practice in your state I would destroy you in court.
Theresa Bailey October 03, 2012 at 09:43 PM
i find it amazing how little remorse construcci feels, and i beg to differ I KNOW YOUR AT FAULT !! please explain how you did not see a cab, and 2 people with a flat screen?? where were you looking if not on the road??? i see a lot of shit on the road and maybe some of it shouldnt be there but i dont hit it!! you must of had one hell of a weekend you fucking ass and that was my husband you sent flying 30 feet in the air!! see you in court
Theresa Bailey October 03, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Its ashame how you are not even Sorry,about hitting that poor Man,Talking about who fault it was,any time someone gets hit when people are truly sorry, do not try to flee the scene, and people like you need to be stopped ! Getting at the last minute the morning to go work and run over people like road KILL, Saying they shouldnt have been in the road, I almost got hit by some one like you a man ,who was backing out of his drive at 50 mile an hour and I had to leap for my life and he had the nerve to act like it was my fault, it was early in the morning and the school kids were out it could have been a child. So how dare you talk about it was their fault, You need Jesus and own up a face it like a man
Theresa Bailey October 03, 2012 at 11:30 PM
HA! that JM attorney told you! didnt he,So believe what you like. Can you sleep with yourself at nite?
L Spencer October 03, 2012 at 11:33 PM
The 2 people who responded really must not read very well. No where did the poster say he was the driver - people should really read comments clearly before they write such responses. I've had friends that live in Waterside in the past and it is not a bad area, it is what you make it. Certainly they have their share of issues as do all rental properties but just because you rent doesn't mean it's bad.Cars park on only one side of the road in Waterside and it's very difficult to maneuver around the legally parked vehicles in there in daylight, can only imagine how difficult it would be on a dark foggy morning like we've had this week.
kimberly October 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
it is a residential area , you are aware and avoid people , the door could have been open 10 min before traffic ? State troopers do this all the time ( standing that is ) on the driver side , plus this was a sad accident that occured one which was my friends brother . Clearly the driver is at fault But please continue reading the New Jersey Law it seems to do yourself Justice .
JM ATTORNEY ATTORNEY AT LAW October 04, 2012 at 02:51 PM
L Spencer. Far be it for me to compare intellects. I just had to clue you in on the fact that the Offender in this instance is named Joseph M. Contrucci- and a Poster named Joseph Bricktown just happened to have the same name. Joseph Bricktown expresses an obvious emotional interest in the offender named in this case. You yourself are also expressing a personal emotional interest in this particular matter which leads me to believe you are either the offender himself or a relative thereof. In the Legal world we would call this posting EXHIBIT A. I'm not a smart man, however and obviously you are far more educated than I, after all you yourself mentioned that I should learn how to read. Perhaps speed limit signs aren't considered "reading". And often times you have to observe items that do not require reading such as the similarities between the Screen name of this poster and the name of the offender, or even moreso the big SUV with flashing lights. I concede that this does not require much reading, however it does require a bit of common sense. Thank you for jazzing up this posting as it will surely draw some positive responses for the victims in this matter. (Clicking print button now) enjoy the rest of your day Joe.
Max Smith October 10, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I think it sounds bogus. The fact that 1 man was in front of the car doesn't even matter he's hidden from view the other man was struck by the TV as a result of the wreck which only could only happen if he and the TV were both inside the vehicle he couldn't have been outside the cab on the left side or he would have been hit by the truck instead. So really the truck took a left turn there because of where they said they were the driver couldn't have seen the 2 men. There are a number of reasons the driver could have hit the open door of a cab. It could be opened right in front of him he could have had to take a wide turn due to other drivers. All this too the fact there is no way the driver could have seen the men one on the opposite side of a car the other in the car with a TV. The driver struck a open door of a cab that illegally had it open into traffic sounds like it was the cab drivers fault for a man who makes a living driving he should have shut his door when he got out. One other thing about this is there is no way the man flew 30ft it would take quite a bit of energy to do that at it couldnt happen at 25mph even if he had been hit by the truck itself. Even if he had been speeding 1 of 2 things would have happened either 1 it would have bent the door the odd way or it would have spun the front of the car. As I see it the guys loaded a TV left the door open a man made a left turn didn't see anyone and ran into an illegally opened door carelessly left open.
Max Smith October 10, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Sounds like to me a cab driver messed up, a guy came around the corner hit his open door so his car door is ruined the flat screen TV is most likely ruined they are extremely delicate the guy in the car might be injured do to the tv so the cab driver exaggerates an injury to get the peoples apathy and try and make people forget its his fault. Its pretty easy if you really look at it but most people seem to have a warped opinion because of something that happened to them previously and JM seems like he's a lawyer that just sees the possibility of making money on a lawsuit
The People's Champ October 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Listen hear max smith, clearly you have no understanding of the law and seem to be good at talking without thought. Because you see that anytime a person steps out of car they fall under the rules of a pedestrian, which always have the right of way. And how quick are you to place blame without even reading the statements and reports from the police dept. Sounds like a person getting ready for a test and forgot to study the material. Maybe next time you'll do your homework. FYI I'm not CSI but in order for a person to been thrown 30ft from there car, the driver need to be traveling at least between 30 to 40 miles per hour and the speed limit in a residential is 25 mph!!
tia rivera October 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Mr.smith you are the dumbest fuck ever, who do you think you are?? its got to be halloween season cause you think you a conspiracy theorist, lol...why in the world would the bricktown police exaggerate or better yet lie as to the findings of the investigation and further more i highly doubt a man who was taken to the trauma unit to undergo emergency surgery on his hip, leg and spine a fucking a lawsuit chaser,and if you had any common knowledge you would know that for a man to obtain these kind of injuries an object has to be traveling at great speed.the residential speed limit is set forth for a reason,and only an offender of this speed limit would have such issues as your friend the famous contrucci, children, balls, animals as well as many other things find it self in the path of traffic in these types of areas and every one knows and anticipates this, your friend was in the wrong and so are you.
Fred October 11, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Tia, you will never get accepted to Princeton University with that grammar. I suggest that you get your GED as soon as possible.
tia rivera October 11, 2012 at 09:25 PM
please freddie!! lol your insults are killing me!! however I'm pretty sure my grammer is well enough for you to get my point!! unless you have something factual or intellectual to add to this!! you really aren't worth my attention!!
The People's Champ October 11, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Hey drop dead fred! I think your missing the point of what Tia was trying to say. And for the record owners of ged's and degrees are not proof of Intelligence. Take yourself for instance, you read a post and all you could see is gammer errors. Which shows you lack any intelligence what so ever, and you my even need a little bit of hooked of phonics. She must have used very big words that intimidated you like, the, a, it, you, we, and any other words that your finding it hard to sound out. In closing if your are not able to add anything to the topic at hand, then you are more than welcome to "Drop Dead Fred".
Irina October 11, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Did anyone check if the tv was stolen?
The People's Champ October 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM
There was no information provide within the article leaving any indication that the tv in question was stolen. But here is another example of completely missing the point of the article. Imagine for one minute that this person that got hurt was your, father, brother, cousin, uncle, grandfather, or your best friend. Would all of your post be the same, would you all feel the same way. I don't know when are civilization became a bunch of heartless, and blackhearts that stop caring about there fellow man. I was always taught to be god fearing, and respect ours brothers and sisters. People no longer care for human life any more, people mock and make fun of the sick, hurt, dead, and dying. I have losted many people in my life, that bearly got the chance to have children, go to high school, go to college, or get married. All because there life was cut short, if this man in the article had died, what would your comments be then? What would you say to his family, his children, his friends, and more importantly his mother. Sorry your son's dead but he asked for it. You people lost your humanity somewhere and really need find it and ask god to fogive you for trying to cruicify man without having all the facts. So thanks to all of you with your Judus like complex.
The People's Champ October 12, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Read the article again and see if it mentions anythings about a stolen tv. If I'm not mistaken the article spoke about two people being injuried by an on coming car, and one of the people being taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center for Trama.
The People's Champ October 12, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Apparently someone didn't even read the article first before speaking out of turn. There were two people that were sent to the hospital, they both were outside of the car. The rear driver side was open as the tv was being loaded from that side, but the pick up truck in question, was driving head on towards the parked car. Now your stating that the driver is not responible for looking out for people on the road. Well I guess your saying that it's ok run people over like road kill along as they have there door open. Tell you if you belive that theory so much, let me hit you with tvkga car traveling between 30 to 40 mph break almost every bone in your body and have you almost die, but we shouldn't feel anything for you because your door was wide open and the on coming driver should have not have to slow down at all, so when yoi die lets not mourn you and console your family and love ones, because it's all your fault. And of course when your disabled and can no longer provide for your family, not to worry because you have enough money to provide for yourself and your family without any help, and lets not forget about all of your medical bills that you incurred during your time in the hospital. Glad to see that you figured everything out I sure your will work it self out.
JM ATTORNEY ATTORNEY AT LAW October 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Hey Joe.. or Mr. Smith or Spencer or whoever you want to be today. Godbless you brother! You are absolutely correct about the possibility of making money. If it weren't for folks like you I don't know how I would use my college education to earn a living. I'm glad I use it to defend victims of such criminal acts. Here is an interesting fact young man. Well I guess this would be more for the poor gentleman you ran over. Every computer has a unique internet Protocol address and MAC address, These unique addresses can tell the location and exact computer that was used, oh let's say, create an internet post. In many states if an attorney feels it necessary they may request a subpoena for the ip address log of a website, then they can request a subpoena of the offenders personal computers. This would tell exactly who posted what, and at what time. I would argue that Mr. Smith, L Spencer, and all of the many other personalities here on this page all share that same IP address. Now that in iteself is not a crime, however it does paint a rather bleak moral character for the person who is posting. Oh and by the way many of the postings share intimate knowledge of the incident that were not released to public which means the poster had to have personally been involved in the incident. Also there is something called defamation of character. My professional recommendation to you sir is that you save up your pennies, there is no case for you to win here young man. (Clicking Print)
tia rivera October 21, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Max Smith, LOL you are funny since when do they do surgery for for made up injuries such as broken ribs Hips etc... Oh is the Hospital is in on it TOO! You are sad, and the police are in on it too! LOL and it not about money, its about the Law, and keeping people like your friend which he is cause you would not be saying these baseless things, and from the pics I have seen he likes to drink LOL
Chico October 22, 2012 at 01:56 AM
You know what doesn't sound bogus is the fact that your total disreguard for human life is not surprising. I mean if I heard that either a hispanic or black man gets hurt because somebody was either drunk or high, and hit these people were run over like road kill, I would be upset too that he didn't kill them, because I can see you don't care much for anyone hispanic or black. It's funny that a white guy has a lot to say negatively about hispanic's and blacks people. Congratuation you are the winner on the biggest loser, I you and never cross path because I will make sure that I would pubicly out you to the hispanic and black community, and see how they response to your cowardly words.
Chico October 22, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Mr.Smith your mouth reminds me of a butt whole, everyte it opens nothing but crap comes out. You talk without thinking, and have no understanding of the law, and speak  like your a lawyer. But when someone who understands the law calls your bull, you try and discredit this person, when have not proven your comments to be credible. I'll tell what let me hit with a car almost kill, and then lets see if your faking your injuries. If you bother to take the to read the article you would know that emts and doctors can determine and existence of a person's injuries. It seems to me Mr. smith this the teacher vs the student, because you gave a report, didn't do your research and my closing arguments that did not revolve around the facts. You have failed, better go back to the drawing on this because your final grade is a big fat F. Seems accurate for a man who questions somebody's education, when you don't even use comment sense shows your very limited education.
Chico October 22, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I don't remember reading in the article that a stolen tv was being loaded into a cab? Do you? Please show me where in the article that during the investigation that they mention a stolen tv. I wasn't aware that a black man was not allowed to own a flat screen tv. Walmart has helped many people in the middle own serveral in there home. My mom owns 5 in her house, but your right a person of color works hard his money doesn't have the right anything good. Now there might have been logical reason for this was moving a tv so early in the mourning, but because this is a person of color and he's not supposed to have good things. I guess in your eyes it was stolen even if the buy paid and own this tv in question. Remember just the facts guess just the facts.


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