STAFFORD, NJ - This past Wednesday February 24, 2016 at approximately 4:50 p.m. the Stafford Township Police Department received a report of a hit and run involving a red Mustang in the area of Route 9 North and Oxycocus Road.

Before police arrived at the scene additional reports were received that a red Mustang was involved in an accident at the intersection of Route 9 and Hilliard Boulevard and fled the scene of the accident. As the vehicle fled the scene of the second accident, it hit another vehicle at the same intersection. The red mustang was heavily damaged and it lost a tire and fled again from the third accident driving on the tire rim.

Stafford Police later located the vehicle at a residence on Willow Court, just a short distance away from the accidents. The police press release said, the engine of the vehicle was smoking heavily and with further investigation they determined that Veronica Belluscio, 41, of Willow Court, Manahawkin was the operator of the 2000 Ford Mustang involved in the accidents. She was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. 

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As a result of this incident, a total of five vehicles other than Belluscio’s vehicle were damaged with three occupants being transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center for minor injuries.

The accident at Route 9 and Oxycocus consisted of three cars.

The report states, Belluscio first struck a 2016 Lexus Rx3 (Operated by Wendy A. Tomasello of Manahawkin, 49) which was pushed into a 2005 Honda CRV (Operated by Diana M. Dabrowski, 62 of West Creek)

The next accident at Route 9 and Hilliard Blvd also consisted of three cars.

When Belluscio fled the scene of the first accident she then struck a 2012 Chevy Equinox (Operated by Lindsay Hoosack, 32 of Barnegat. There was two children in the car as well, a 3 year old girl and 9 month old baby girl. Hoosack was transported for neck pain and two children were transported to get checked out. The Equinox was pushed into a 2011 Lincoln Mkz (Operated by Amy Fence, 43 of Manahawkin).

The third accident at Route 9 and Hilliard Blvd consisted of the red Mustang and a 2005 GMC Savannah (Operated by Richard Coffman, 69 of Manahawkin) that Bulluscio struck as well.

Stafford Township EMS and Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company assisted in the accidents. 

Once police arrived at the residence and investigated, Stafford Patrolman Erik Smithman arrested Belluscio. She was charged with a total of 12 criminal charges. One count of resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, 3 counts of leaving the scene of an accident, 3 counts of failure to report an accident, and 2 counts of improper passing. She was processed and released pending a future court appearance. 

Editor's Note: These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.