On May 23, at 6:38 a.m., Newton Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident with injury and entrapment at the intersection of Water, Trinity and Mill Street(s).
Subsequent investigation revealed that Meagan Jones, age 24 of Swartswood, NJ, was traveling eastbound on Mill Street when she failed to stop for the red traffic signal at the intersection of Water/Trinity/Mill Street which resulted in her 1980 White Toyota Tercel striking the passenger side of a 1998 Silver Chevrolet Blazer operated by Diane Gordon, age 47, of Hardyston, NJ which was traveling south on Water Street.
The impact of the collision caused Gordon’s vehicle to roll over before again landing upright. Jones sustained facial injuries but refused any medical treatment at the scene. Jones' infant son was also in the vehicle but reportedly did not sustain any injuries. Gordon was transported to the Newton Medical Center by the Newton First Aid Squad for a complaint of back pain.
The Newton Fire Department responded and extricated Gordon from her vehicle with the Jaws of Life. The Newton Department of Public Works responded and assisted with traffic control and clean up. Water Street was closed temporarily for approximately 20 minutes due to the accident.
Jones was issued summonses for the following offenses:
N.J.S. 39: 4-81 Failure to Obey Traffic Signal.
N.J.S. 39-4-97 Careless Driving
Case pending a June 11 appearance in Newton Municipal Court.
Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Hampton Body Works.
Investigating Officers: Ptl. Kenneth Teets, Ptl. Shawn Burke and Ptl. Scott King.
Editor's Note: These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.