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Ocean County Teen Dies In Early Morning Car Accident

Police: car went through stop sign, hit tree

Photo: TRPD
Photo: TRPD
A 19-year-old man died early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle car crash in which one other person was seriously injured.

Francis Duddy, of Toms River was a passenger in the 2006 Honda Civic being driven by Conner Hanfin, 18, of Toms River according to township police spokesman Ralph Stocco. Duddy was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:36 a.m. accident; Hanfin was extricated by emergency rescue crews and was flown by medevac helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he is listed in critical condition.

The vehicle, Stocco said, went through a stop sign and crossed over Vaughn Avenue in Toms River. It continued a short distance on Yellowbank Road until it went over the curb at the end of the cul-de-sac, then entered a wooded area and struck a tree.

Toms River Police Department Traffic Safety Officer David Bartoshek is conducting the investigation and is being assisted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Support Team and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU Evidence Unit, Stocco said.

Rescue efforts were conducted by Toms River Police EMS, MONOC paramedics, East Diver Fire Department, Silverton Fire Department, and Toms River Fire Company #2. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

No charges have been filed as of yet.
Kathy Duddy Campbell February 09, 2014 at 07:42 PM
I lost my sweet, beautiful nephew in this horrible accident. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please pray that Connor makes a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.
Debbie S. February 09, 2014 at 09:57 PM
We need to raise the driving age
john February 09, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Sorry for the families that have to go through this..... That being said, I'm sure speeding, Drugs, alcohol and/or ignorance was the cause of this crash.
Bionic Bill February 09, 2014 at 11:45 PM
When I was 17 I was always the designated driver, and yes the drinking age was 21! There was always a party going on and I didn't hesitate to drive, we're all still alive (that wa the mid late 80's). This "scene of the 1:36 a.m. accident" something wasn't right as some one previously posted the crash happened 400 ft past the stop sign.. Sounds like the driver and passenger fell asleep, totally speculating here, how else would you comprehend this story. Totally feel bad for the loss of a family's son, brother and another family praying for a full recovery of a loved one.... I cringe everyday when I see people (young and old) texting and driving on rt 9 and the parkway in the fast lane no less! I could care less if you're talking on the phone at least you're looking at the road! Very interested in the accident investigation!!!!
Youngbutwise February 09, 2014 at 11:45 PM
The only reason why you negative people feel you have right to speculate is because you have never been in the position such as this family. With that being said, you have a right to think what you want but your opinions are yours and yours only. The only reason why you can post these speculations is because you are hiding behind your computer screens. If you were in the presence of a family member or friend of these boys then nothing but sympathy would be pouring out of your mouth. And if you still thought the way you think now you would have kept it to yourself and not utter a word of negativity. So please, stop speculating till you know the facts. The only people who should make definite deciding factors as to the cause of the accident should be the police investigating. My heart is torn to pieces for both families and I wish nothing but peace and comfort to all those affected by this truly tragic event.
John Cobb February 10, 2014 at 02:57 AM
No youngbutnotsowise we probably have a better idea of the events leading up to this crash than you think. This was not an accident, but the result of some conscious act on the part of the driver. The fact of your heart "being torn to pieces" is sad, but really not our concern. It's more important to discuss these issues now, while the crash is still fresh in people's minds. My hope here is not to cause additional suffering to those affected, but maybe to save the next life that's due to be lost like this.
Beach Mover February 10, 2014 at 06:17 AM
@Heywood freedom of speech is a great thing. But when you are accusing somebody of something it is better when a person at least identifies themselves. As a side note for you to be commenting on such a serious subject with a 11 year olds name (hey would you blow m.....) tells me a lot what your about. You should be embarrassed. When I post a comment about a person I use my real name.
Mama February 10, 2014 at 07:05 AM
@Heywood, you said we have the right to speculate that maybe the driver was impaired? How about I speculate and say you are a "piece of crap". Does that work for you? Hey, it works for me.
Bess B February 10, 2014 at 07:34 AM
I only got to meet Francis a few months ago but he was always so happy and friendly and a joy to be around. My heart is broken that his life has ended so early. Prayers to his family, friends and that Connor makes a full recovery.
Dame Bridgid February 10, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Please try to keep it civil, Mama. A single car crash occurring that late at night could involve a number of factors. Although I reserve my comments on the subject until more facts emerge; I regret to say that it IS more likely that DUI was involved in the accident. Your insults towards Heywood do not belong here. His opinion may not be palatable to you, but he has a right to express it. For myself; I offer sincere condolences to the families who are struggling to deal with this. A sad time for them indeed.
Dame Bridgid February 10, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Please bear in mind, Heywood, that other factors could be involved here. Fatigue, distraction, excessive speed, or mechanical failures could have caused the driver to lose control too. To be fair, I will reserve judgement until the cause is known.
Andy Pat February 10, 2014 at 08:48 AM
What a horrible tragedy for the Duddy family and the entire community. I also feel sorry for Heywood who is quick to assert HIS RIGHTS during a most painful time for others. We realize you have that right, but most people with common sense and sensitivity realize now is not the time to exercise your right to free speech to insult the family and friends of the recently departed. And Conner, his sentence is already worse than Francis's or the sentence any human court could ever render.
Beach Mover February 10, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Heywood Jablomey it is said people are acting like that is a real name. I guess you are getting the last laugh. I wish people would not be so polite to you and your stupid sexist name.
MG February 10, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Well said Andy. And Dame, I have to say, I saw nothing wrong with Mama's comments. At least she was attacking someone who is able to respond to her. What doesn't belong on these sites are the continuous cruel comments posted whenever there is a tragedy. You were able to express yourself tactfully. Those who feel the need to write down words that will only serve to cause further pain on families and friends who are reading the posts looking for some comfort are nothing short of bullies. I have a teenager. I dread every time I read something like this. But what these families need right now is comfort, not daggers in their hearts. And for those who like to post cruel comments on this site all I can say is God help anyone who lives in a household with you. I can only imagine how miserable it must be to live with people like you.
Youngbutwise February 10, 2014 at 09:35 AM
@john cob, once again you prove my point. Speculating gets you no where because you're WRONG. I know alot about death and losing someone in the blink of an eye, seeing as my mother passed away when I was in high school. And to be honest with you Im not too sure why these websites still offer a comments section. Maybe it is for the grieving people to show sit here and talk about francis and get everyones memories and stories all in one page. Or maybe its because you and your buddies are throwing little money at site runner so you can sit there and jerk off behind your keyboards after getting an emotional rise out of others. For all of you on this website that wants to bring nothing but negativity and darkness to this bright young mans life, then I hope others do the same on your obituary, i know ill be the first one writing in the comment section "hmm, I speculate he or she died from a cold heart, a bad attitude and carpal tunnel!"
John Cobb February 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM
To the troll called "youngbutnotsowise", we're not talking about death, per se, here but rather something more involved here, like a deliberate act. You say I'm WRONG, so prove it. This case may even have similarities to the triple suicide into the Pine Beach Elementary School, 3 years ago. You say some of us, "bring nothing but negativity and darkness to this bright young mans life". Just remember we weren't the cause of his death.
MG February 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Great post, Youngbutwise. Your own heartache apparently has graced you with empathy towards others - something many of these other people are lacking. Your Mom did a great job raising you.
Heywood February 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM
@ Mama, yes you can vent your frustrations at me, but it really doesn't add much to the discussion. I'm wondering too at the parallels this has to the Pine Beach case?
Dame Bridgid February 10, 2014 at 02:32 PM
It sickens me to think of the pain these parents go through when things like this happen. Trust me, MG, that AFTER the cause is identified I will probably say something rather non PC about how our teen culture contributes to the waste of promising lives. Then Mama can chew me out too. That should further prove how sympathetically genteel she is compared to all of us(rolls eyes). Quite frankly; if I were a relative or a friend of these young people, I really would not be hanging out & posting here. A tribute page would be a more appropriate venue at this time for their own sakes. This is a news forum for the discussion of current events & issues. With that said... Past 1:30 am is awful late for just a car ride. I wonder where they were. One of my college age kids has worked as a bartender, & a lot of drinking establishments close down right about that time. If someone served those underage kids something I really want them caught... To prevent another tragedy. Believe me, I will be discussing risky behavior with my own teens tonight. I want to get it into their heads that they are not immortal!
Keeping whats mine February 10, 2014 at 05:16 PM
As a human being this is a horrible thing to have to deal with. I pray for the families and friends. That being said if you read what goes on in this county about 99% of fatal's involve alcohol and or drugs. Mama seems to be the pants wearer at her house, her word rules. Not so much here. We all have opinions even if you dont like them. You cant throw your weight here, and its most likely in your butt, and no one wants that on them.
Youngbutwise February 10, 2014 at 09:28 PM
@ john cobb no one is trolling here just telling You what your mother should have taught you. Notice there was no charges against the driver. So your speculations don't even matter. And I am completely aware it wasn't anyones fault why this happened, but, you and other negative people are the cause to some of the pain that the family is feeling with your words. So I suggest you keep your negative comments and wrong speculations to yourself till a deciding factor is announced. Do you think that just this once case is going to stop the same thing from happening to others? Has it in the past with other cases? No. People do what they want whenever they want without a single thought. If they decide they want to do it regardless of the consequences They will. So please just post condolences instead of painful assumptions. As they say, when you assume you make an ass out of you and me.
John Cobb February 11, 2014 at 05:47 AM
@ youngbutnotsowise, no charges have been filed against the driver, yet, but give it some time. You make the statement, " And I am completely aware it wasn't anyones fault why this happened", and I suppose you really believe that? I think you do a pretty good job of making an ass of yourself, with no help from me.
Youngbutwise February 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM
@ jonn cobb : wasnt talking about the driver i was talking about the people like you that are commenting. Notice you have not made a single comment to anything i have said in the previous comments other than the little bit that you hold on to and gasp for air to answer back? Im over you. And soon enough you'll be over this article because everyone will refuse to be your masturbation material. You'll forget about Francis, Conner and the Duddy family and the comments you made here this week. But, I wont, the Duddy's wont and anyone who reads your insensitive comments also will not forget a single word negative or positive posted. So in the end you wont even matter anymore than you do now, which is very little if anything. Why still comment? Have a great life and for the sake of your family I hope nothing like this will ever happen to your family because the next headline we will read is "man commits suicide" because your not even man enough to get through what Conners and Francis' family will have to endure the rest if their lives. And I will troll the shit out of your obituary.
John Cobb February 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM
You really should calm down youngbutnotwise and I have addressed your previous posts. It will be interesting to see what charges are filed against Mr Hafinn.
Dame Bridgid February 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM
The article says that the investigation is still underway... The fact that this was a one vehicle accident with an impact far distant from the stop sign shows that something went horribly wrong, Youngster. Even if it was not a deliberate act, charges will still be brought against the young man who was driving. I wish I could offer you puppies & rainbows, son, but the police are probably waiting now to see if he succumbs to his injuries out of respect for the families. This is a grim situation, & that poor kid may wish he was dead even if he does survive. However; if you cannot discuss this subject without juvenile references to self abuse maybe you need to take a walk around the block to rein yourself in.
Kyra February 14, 2014 at 03:31 PM
How is Connor? are there any updates?
John Cobb February 15, 2014 at 04:35 AM
The lack of any follow-ups to the story just fuels the speculations on here.
Keeping whats mine February 15, 2014 at 08:08 AM
@ John Cobb, you are right on the money. Seems like there is a cover up of some kind. Be it bad news or not we all have the right to know what exactly happened. We could have been run over.
Concerned February 19, 2014 at 04:47 PM
My condolences and prayers go out to the families and friends. This is a very sad tragedy...
Tracy Ryan February 26, 2014 at 08:18 AM
My heart goes out to both these boys families. I have two daughters who when they were in their teens, and were new drivers, I was so happy every time they got back home safe and sound. You just never know....I can't even fathom the devastating heartbreak these parents and families must be feeling. My condolences to these families.

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