Police confirmed three people, all passengers in a vehicle, died early Friday morning after their car was struck by a flatbed tow truck after the driver proceeded through a red light. The driver, Tina Dung, 21, of Maryland, survived the crash.
The accident occurred at 12:25 a.m. Friday morning at the intersection of Lakehurst Road and Hospital Drive.
The initial investigation by police revealed Dung was stopped for the traffic light before she “proceeded through the red signal and collided with a Legacy Towing flatbed wrecker heading east on Lakehurst Road.” The three passengers in Dung’s car, all citizens of China, died as a result of the injuries they sustained in the collision. The victims, a 54-year-old man, a 52-year-old woman, and a 23-year -old man, were all from same family, police said.
Neither driver showed signs of impairment, according to a statement from police. Dung sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident and received a citation for failure to observe a traffic signal.
Neither the driver nor passenger of the tow truck were injured.
The crash remains under investigation by Toms River Police Traffic Safety Officers, Corporal Terry Warren and Michael Cassidy, and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.