Sandy Cleanup Worker Dies After Being Hit by Car in Brick

Princeton Avenue accident that killed Long Branch man is under investigation

A Long Branch man working in Brick to clean up debris left by Superstorm Sandy was struck and killed by a car Friday morning on Princeton Avenue, police said.

The accident occurred at about 8:20 a.m. Friday, as Paul Friedauer, 69, entered the roadway approximately 1,200 feet west of Beaver Dam Road to stop traffic as cleanup operations continued, said Brick Police Sgt. David Bedrosian.

He was struck by 2004 Nissan Pathfinder SUV being driven by Karl P. Scheufler, 42, of Brick.

Friedauer – who was working for the Glenside Equipment Company of Jackson – was propelled 125 feet due to the impact of the crash.

Brick Police EMS and MONOC Paramedics responded, as well as township police. Friedauer was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, but succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The east and westbound lanes of Princeton Avenue in the area of the crash were closed due to the investigation for approximately three hours, Bedrosian said.

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

No summonses had been issued.

In addition to local police, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has initiated an investigation, that agency confirmed.

Lenore Uddyback-Fortson, an OSHA spokeswoman, said the Brick incident is the seventh Sandy-related fatality in New Jersey.

Police are asking anyone with information surrounding the crash to contact the Traffic Safety Unit at 732-262-1140.     

clamdigger December 30, 2012 at 03:30 PM
you are correct Lori, it is for the law to determine the facts and circumstances of the situation. Let the real facts of the case speak for themselves, not stuff posted in a forum for a news article.
Da Poppa December 30, 2012 at 05:18 PM
@clamdummy ... That hasn't stopped you from posting some of the most inane drivel this side of an insane asylum.
Nj Ghost December 30, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Lee Lee...sorry you feel guilty about talking on the phone and driving...there are many who haven't done so including myself who doesn't have a cell phone now or ever saw the need for it...Be careful while talking and driving and above all please stop texting and watching television and listening to the radio and reading a book while driving....it can be very distracting
Mike December 30, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Thanks John Paul is my uncle. He was a Good man. May he rest in peace! People should look at the driver. Talking/ Texting and driving should be banned.
Mike December 30, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Thanks John Paul is my uncle. He was a Good man. May he rest in peace! People should look at the driver. Talking/ Texting and driving should be banned.
A. Einstein December 30, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I'm very sorry to hear of this. Whatever the driver is charged with doesn't help his family. My sympathy goes out to them. I was startled by employee of a tree company that walked out from behind a truck while attempting to direct traffic. The truck was stopped on the bend of Drum Point Road. He was obscured by the truck. I am now VERY careful when approaching ANY stopped vehicles. My point is only to raise awareness to other drivers. I also don't use my phone while driving, and no, I'm not lying about it. If it rings while I'm driving the number is recorded in the phone and I call back when I stop. I have a good reason for doing this. I was run into by a woman driving a minivan talking on a phone that ran a red light. It was red for at least 10 seconds. There was a police officer directly behind me that witnessed the accident. $6K damage to my truck.The other driver was not cited. When I called to find out why, the TR police told me I would have to sign a complaint and provide evidence in court! They told me the police officer's vision of the other driver was blocked by my truck during the accident. I wish Brick could focus on an actual safety issue of phone-in-car usage. It's out of control
Bill Cooper December 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM
"Can any of you say you have never drove while talking on the phone?" Yes, I can say that I have never talked on the phone while driving. You see, doing so is the behavior of an idiot, and I am not an idiot. "Say no and your a liar!" Well, no. No need to lie about it. Some of us are actually *responsible*. Adults who are not foolish and self-centered do not engage in such behavior. Thankfully, there are some of us out there. You sound like a self-centered person. I hope you change your behavior before you hurt someone.
Bill Cooper December 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM
clamdigger, out of curiosity, do you suffer from mental illness?
Brittany Desch December 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I need to get a life? Ok. I understand someone died. That is saddening but in all actuality this could happen to any of us driving at any time. There is a reason no summons were issued to the driver.
ed crowley December 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Yes Brittany there is a reason. The reason is the investigation is not complete. The county is invetigating because there was a fatality. They have thirty days for motor vechile charges. The time for criminal charges is a lot longer.
Bill Cooper December 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM
@Lee Lee " I happen to be a very responsible person" Clearly you are not, since you talk on the phone while driving. The fact that you use a hands-free device is irrelevant. As anyone who is actually educated on the topic knows, the key factor is that you are DISTRACTED by your phone conversation, not that your hands are occupied. This is backed up by reams of data: http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Documents/Dstrct_Drvng_White_Paper_1_2011.pdf http://www.cartalk.com/content/understanding-distracted-brain-why-driving-while-using-hands-free-cell-phones-risky-behavior http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl28.htm http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/index.html http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Pages/distracted_driving.aspx And I can post scores more that show that your hands-free device doesn't mean squat. The fact that you answer your phone and have conversations while driving makes you a worse driver. Rather than make excuses for your self-centered, irresponsible behavior, educate yourself and change your behavior.
Bill Cooper December 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM
@ Lee Lee " And I will say that I don't by any means believe that you have never drove while talking on a phone unless you are 65 or older" Yes, people like you typically think that just because you act irresponsibly, everyone else does, too. But we don't, because many of us are responsible adults who are not foolish and self-centered. We do not engage in such behavior because we know it's STUPID. If I have to take or make a call while driving, I pull over. Because I'm an ADULT. Grow up and stop behaving like a child. Take responsibility for how you act and improve on your poor behavior before you hurt someone.
clamdigger December 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM
@da Poppa; you're right only those who want to blame the driver are allowed to post their comments.
Bill Cooper December 31, 2012 at 01:08 AM
"Talking on a hands free device is like having a person sitting right next to you talking YOU IDIOT!" Ummm, no, it isn't. And the data is very clear on that. But then, I've already posted studies and data for you. You could easily educate yourself, but it's clear you don't want to. As they say, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Try drinking, horse. It won't hurt you. One day you will kill someone. Maybe it will be a small child. When that happens, I hope their face will be seared into your memory for the rest of your life. In the meantime, continue stomping your feet and acting like a child who doesn't like reality because it's not convenient for them.
Bill Cooper December 31, 2012 at 01:25 AM
"you thought you could control myself as you do your wife" Ahhh, I see the problem now. You have ... issues. It's rather revealing that you keep touching on this wife thing. I am sorry to hear that you're an unhappy person struggling with your ... issues. I hope you resolve your personal problems and get treatment for any mental disorder you have that is exacerbating the problem. In the meantime, understand that you are setting a bad example for your children. But have no fear! You have time to change your ways. You don't HAVE to be a terrible parent. That is a choice. You can CHOOSE to be educated and responsible, and in turn you will raise children who will be good people, not selfish people oblivious to others and causing danger to other motorists. Do the right thing. Be a GOOD parent. Do it for your children, and for the children you might end up killing on the road.
Bill Cooper December 31, 2012 at 01:27 AM
If you were sorry, Lee, you would stop driving while talking on the phone. People like you are the sort of folks who cause tragedies like this. And you do it in front of your children, too. That's shameful. For the sake of other drivers, I hope they don't grow up to be like you.
Bill Cooper December 31, 2012 at 01:32 AM
You need help, Lee. You need help before you hurt someone on the road or, even worse, encourage your children to make the same irresponsible choices you make. It's time to make a change in your life. Do it for your kids. Do it before they turn into self-centered little beasts.
Stacy M December 31, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Bill Cooper December 31, 2012 at 01:39 AM
There is no shame in taking medication, Lee. If that's what you need to do to change - and you DO need to change - then that's what you should do. Because right now you are not only setting a terrible example for your children, you are putting others in danger. We all want to help you, Lee. Let us help you. You can be a better person and a better parent to your children. You can finally act like an ADULT. A *responsible* adult. But you have to let us help you, first.
Jerry Belle December 31, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Looks like Brittany Desch wasn't just dropped as a child, she was dribbled and dunked....
JOHNNY Done it December 31, 2012 at 01:52 AM
They are looking into it so they came pile or the correct charges at once instead of issuing just one .Next time stop by your local court house or go on line . Most charges are not filed until an investigation is done ..Unless he was a DWI ,Than they would add the additional charges after the investigation .Starting to sound like someone wasnt paying attention
JOHNNY Done it December 31, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Thats a shame the traffic light being green in your direction is proof enough, sounds like the officer didnt want to have to go court .
BN December 31, 2012 at 02:13 AM
...and it WAS Sandy related. Just stop posting. You're just making yourself look like a idiot.
WMS826 December 31, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I am constantly amazed everytime I log onto here with you people. Your demands that I stop posting, just when did the free exchange of thoughts and ideas leave America. Why becuase someone is a "victim" can they in no way be responsible for what happened. Why is it such a crime to you feel good libs to ask such things or throw it out for thought.
craig December 31, 2012 at 01:56 PM
dangerous road all around
Crazy! December 31, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I knew Skinny; he was a fantastic man with incomparable wit, charm, compassion and a wonderful sense of humor. I could listen to his stories for hours. He may have been 69 yrs old, however, it you knew him you wouldn't think he was a day over 59!! Clamdigger, he was not impaired; he did not even drink alcohol!!!! He has been in the construction industry for over 50 years and had his safety vest on. I also know there were 2 Heavy trucks on either side of the road, taking up not only the shoulder but half of each lane going both directions. This is a terrible loss for ALL who had the honor to know him. I also personally know anonymous; the only consolation I can take from this is I KNOW he did not see it coming for he was busy stopping the traffic coming from the other direction. Mike I am soooo sorry for your loss, he will be greatly missed.
Mr. Anonymous December 31, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Everyone please PRAY for all those involved in this horrible accident! The Victim & the Driver as well... *Accidents happen and we should all consider this a wake up call to pay way more attention to our surroundings. Furthermore, I am a Certified Flagger and those trained in this area know that you are NEVER to be in the flow of Traffic. Traffic is to be safely diverted away from the work zone and many safety precautions are required by law to be in place. I was not an eye witness, but even an eye witness, NOT knowing the laws, could lay heavy blame improperly; if given over to their emotions due to the brevity of this disaster. We must also try to remember that if the traffic was not properly diverted, any one of us driving could have fallen into this tragic circumstance. Except the Grace of God, there go I... **God be merciful to all those touched by this accident, including all you bloggers. God be with you all!
Lorrie January 01, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Have there been services yet?
john harleman January 05, 2013 at 12:23 AM
you cant assume anything, you should slow down either way, what happens if the guy fell. btw i knew that man, and he aint no idiot, so think before u assume.....
vikki schafer April 21, 2013 at 01:44 AM
I do know the driver.We dated years ago,and he was not a very good driver.But he is a caring kind person and I know this will stay with him forever.


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