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Teen Struck by Car, Injured in Brick

Speed not thought to be a factor, police say

A 16-year-old Brick boy was struck by a car and injured Monday night, police said.

The teen, whose name was withheld by police due to his age, was attempting to cross Hooper Avenue in the area of Atrium Drive toward the Red Lion Plaza when he was struck by a 2011 Honda Insight being driven by Theresa Huizing, 52, of Brick, said Brick Police Sgt. David Bedrosian.

The accident occurred at 5:36 p.m.

The boy, who was wearing dark clothing at the time of the accident, was struck about 15 feet north of Atrium Drive. He was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he remains hospitalized. He is being treated for head trauma, a broken left leg and internal injuries, according to a police report.

Police say speed does not appear to have been a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

Detective Robert Shepherd and Officer James Kelly were the initial officers on scene, followed by additional officers, Brick Police EMS and MONOC paramedics, plus the Ocean County Sheriff's Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit.

Hooper Avenue, between Drum Point Road and Old Silverton Road, was closed for about two hours due to the investigation, Bedrosian said.

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

Y'all Crazy January 08, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I pray the kids alright, but a lot of pedestrians in brick are just so dumb. Always someone being seriously injured or killed in brick because they think it's okay to cross fast roads or highways especially in unsafe spots.
rainbow87t January 08, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Prayers to both the teen and the driver. It is very dark over there, for sure. This is an unfortunate accident.
J. Ang January 08, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Its not a highway. Its a local street that most drivers think is a highway. They need to enforce speed laws on old hooper ave.
jrzeegirl January 08, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Thoughts and prayers to the teen and the driver. WMS826 is right. These kids need to learn to pay attention. How many times do I see these kids getting off of the bus with their headphones on and not paying attention to traffic. I know cars are supposed to stop for school buses but how many times do we see cars ignore the red flashing lights. Parents, teach your kids to be street smart!
Donnie Brasco January 08, 2013 at 01:12 PM
@jang...the article states speed was not a factor. So while I agree cars are speeding in this particular case the driver was not. Wearing dark clothing in the dark walking or crossing the street didnt help the situation.
Susan January 08, 2013 at 01:51 PM
That section of Old Hooper is dark & there is a bend in the road - and yes people FLY down it. Add in a pedestrian wearing dark clothing & it's recipe for an accident. I hope everyone is ok.
Bowie Thelonius January 08, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Prayers for the both the driver and pedestrian, however walking at night, in dark clothes, and attempting to cross a busy road is a dangerous thing to do. I have seen people (mostly adults), walking on road shoulders that are too narrow to begin with, and they're wearing all black. A few nights ago, while driving on 88 from Point to Brick, there was a man on the shoulder, who I didn't see until I was next to him. Very dangerous, a few more feet to the right, and I would have hit him.
Y'all Crazy January 08, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Atleast it's not as bad as dark clothes in Lakewood. At night I'll almost hit like 30 Jewish people because all they wear is black and walk in the streets with strollers
thoughts to all January 08, 2013 at 05:21 PM
so sad that @ 530pm a kid cant ride his bike without someone hitting him. dark clothing or not as the motorist you need to see & know whats going on around you. Kids are told all the time to get off screens & go outside, There need to be safe routes these kids can take to walk Or ride bikes in Brick. SIDEWALKS... Bike routes Etc...
KingNeptune January 08, 2013 at 05:35 PM
As per the PD, speed was not a factor here, so enforcing speed laws would have done nothing here.
KingNeptune January 08, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I guess no one read the article. Speed was not a factor here, so stop crying about speeding cars as the problem.
just me January 08, 2013 at 09:23 PM
There is a traffic light at the corner of Hooper & Drum Point. I know it would mean walking a few more feet up the street, but would have been safer.
Francesca Miller January 08, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Let's not forget that we now have a new business at the corner of Drum Point Road and Old Hooper Avenue. CVS, which replaced, what I thought was an historical landmark, the Red Lion Tavern, now has more motorists jockeying for a chance to pull out onto the already congested intersection. I never understood how the demolition of the Red Lion was approved, but then, again, I am not a Brick Politician. Maybe I am incorrect about the historical significance of the Red Lion, and I don't mean to make this a comment about the Red Lion, but it just seems that it's demolition, to be replaced by another jumbo pharmacy(CVS) which can practically shake hands with it's neighbor, Walgreen, should not have been approved. I also realize that this is the usual set up of these businesses. Just look around. Complete lunacy. And as a result, a less travelled business, (The Red Lion ) is replaced by a bargain store which will only bring in more traffic pouring into Drum Point/Old Hooper. Whoever approves these things really did not have the welfare of Brick in mind. I do realize that this area was not the place that this poor child was injured in, but, it does cause further congestion in the area, and, for sure, many more accidents are bound to occur in the general vicinity. It's time to move out. Oh wait. My house is in ruins from the storm and my property value is down and my taxes are going up. Whatever am I thinking?
L k d's friend January 09, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Who said anything about an iPod Don't be so insensitive this child is a personal friend And you have a lot of nerve
L k d's friend January 09, 2013 at 12:29 AM
You are absolutely right I live right there people are hurt and even have been killed in that very spot it's time Brick did something it's a residential area for god sake
Ehm homes January 09, 2013 at 02:21 AM
I work around That área ,the trafic is so fast almost like the parkway recently 2 other kids got struck an kill by cheery quay rd they need to do something
john January 09, 2013 at 02:45 AM
i have been driving down hooper twice a day for years and never see a problem...maybe if people would look before they cross then they wouldnt get hit by a car.
john January 09, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Y'all crazy is correct...there is alot of people getting hit by cars in Brick...and non are in the crosswalks.
john January 09, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Thoughts to all.......The kid was crossing the road when he got hit...blame the kid.not the road or the drivers.
L k d's friend January 09, 2013 at 03:39 AM
If you have been driving down hooper rd and have never seem a problem with the traffic leads me to believe that you have not continued to Old Hooper Rd. this was just a child and your statement also makes it so evident that you are not a parent. Maybe someday you will grow ul
john January 09, 2013 at 04:08 AM
L k d's friend.....it doesnt matter if its a child or an adult...IF YOU CAN READ...it says speeding and the driver were not the problem....the kid CROSSED THE ROAD....if this kid made a better judgement he wouldnt of been hit by the car...the car didnt go off the road...the kid was in the road...where the cars are...maybe someday when you grow up you will learn to read.
rk January 09, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I genuinely hope john gets to experience first hand what pain this child, his friends, and family are going through. Its very clear to me that as a "kid" john never made any misjudgments. John everyone should hope they grow up to be just like you. No speed was no a factor in this case but in the 11 years ive been here this may be the first time. There are steps that can be taken to prevent accidents like this from happening again when speed MAY be a factor. Robert misjudged. Ive done it myself at that corner when someone changes lanes with no prior indication. Traffic patterns are designed so keep the flow of traffic moving as well as keep accidents to a minimum. This pattern just isnt working.
WMS826 January 09, 2013 at 06:07 PM
RK...I hope you get to feel the pain you wish on others. Only a true gentleman would listen to anothers point and never wish this on anyone. You are a typical hate filled left wing liberal communist who has not sympathy for anything not your posistion. Just look at Stalin and all his tolerence.
john January 09, 2013 at 11:22 PM
I have traveled down old hooper for 41 years.....as a little kid in the back seat,as a teen on a bike,as a teen/adult as a driver,even driving company vehicles.....EVERYDAY. Dont give me any crap about not knowing the kids name..they didnt release the kids name. And if you can read...( we all know you cant spell..what is a nieibor or a neiborhood?????? ...where did i say anything bad about this kids???? All is said...if you can read this is,....the kid CROSSED THE ROAD....if this kid made a better judgement he wouldnt of been hit by the car...the car didnt go off the road...the kid was in the road...where the cars are...Guess you cant spell or read....but we do know even an idiot can have kids( you got a 10 month old)....poor kid.Thats the one i feel sorry for.
john January 09, 2013 at 11:27 PM
rk...see..there are jerk offs like you that make stupid comment like that.If you can read...which might be a problem,i said the exact thing you said."the kid CROSSED THE ROAD....if this kid made a better judgement he wouldnt of been hit by the car...the car didnt go off the road...the kid was in the road...where the cars are." didnt i read somehwere that you said " robert misjudged".????
concernedparent January 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM
OMG...lol. What is wrong with all of you? I'm not taking sides here. But, John isn't bashing this kid at all. RK, you wish this would happen to him? Are you human? Krsyten, he's not insulting this kid or is he blaming him. Why are you bashing him?And he didn't insult you directly, until you insulted him. He was merely stating that this post got side tracked from a kid crossing the street (or jaywalking), and getting hit (which is horrible, no matter the reason), to a discussion about cars speeding, CVS, Red Lion, your lawn, etc.... He's just stating that speed wasn't a factor and to stop mentioning it regarding this accident. I'm sorry, but your behavior is actually worse than the things you are misunderstanding "John" saying. You are all turning this into a witch hunt. Put your focus where it needs to go and read the details of this story before you use this story as a "soapbox" for you to vent the many things wrong in this town. Pedestrians ALWAYS have to the right of way, no matter where they are in the street, at the corner or not (although, you can be fined if you do not cross at the light...not sure if that law is enforced here or not, or if it even is a law in this town, so don't start on me, too). But, pedistrians also have to realize tht even if they do have the right of way, "cars can kill us, we can't kill them." Something I teach my children every day.
Mike Figueiredo January 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Our prayers go out to the young man and his family. Were here for you. PBA local 199
Mike Figueiredo January 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Were all here for you and your family anytime. Whatever you need, you and your family got it. No questions asked!!! Anything brother!!!!
concernedparent January 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Also, I pray for this boy and hs family, nothing is as devastating as watching your child in pain. I also pray for the person who struck him. "There but for the grace of God, go I..." Can't even begin to imagine the pain that any of these people and their families are going through.
donna January 13, 2013 at 03:24 AM
I am the parent of robert..and I am hereto set the record straight...He didn't have an ipod in his ear..He was wearing gray(lite gray) it was 5:30 so it wasn't pitch dark....I can't believe all the people who have negative comments about my son...I wonder if the comments would be different if you all haters found out she was txting or on the phone..My son has a long road to recovery...and I want all comments to stop.............move on......and i hope none of you have to experience what me and my family have gone threw......and this road is not a highway by no means..............

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