BELMAR, NJ — An 82-year-old Spring Lake Heights woman has been charged with careless driving after a multicar collision on July 5 that began at the Gulf service station on Main Street and ended in a parking lot across the street on 16th Avenue.
A vehicle driven by Joan Curley at about 1:30 p.m. entered the service station’s parking lot from the Main Street entrance closest to the intersection of 16th Avenue and proceeded along the west side of the lot, where her 2017 Chevrolet Equinox struck a vehicle parked adjacent to 16th Avenue, according to a police report on the incident.
The impact of the collision sent that vehicle into a street light that then landed on top of it, cracking the windshield of the 1997 Infiniti Q45, which already sustained major damage to its rear from the initial impact.
Curley’s SUV continued across 16th Avenue into the parking lot of Weinstein Liquors, where it collided with another parked vehicle, proceeded 10 more feet and struck another parked vehicle before it plowed through an adjacent stockade fence and garage located at the rear of 1607 Main Street. That crash halted the car, resulting into an eight-foot hole in the concrete structure, the report said.
Curley’s vehicle needed to be towed from the scene, and she and passenger James Curley were transported by the Belmar First Aid Squad to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, for treatment of minor injuries, police said.
Curley told police she was unaware of what happened and did not recall the incident.
No other injuries were reported. While the first vehicle remains parked at the service station located at 1407 Main Street, the other two vehicles — a 2007 Honda Pilot and 2000 Ford Explorer — suffered moderate damage to their left rear quarter panels.
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