The driver of a vehicle that police say rear-ended another car, causing injuries to both parties and shutting down Route 37 for a period of time, received multiple traffic summonses following the incident.
The accident occurred Tuesday at about 12:30 p.m., when police were called to the intersection of Route 37 and Hooper Avenue for a reported motor vehicle accident.
The initial investigation revealed Daniella Ippolitto, 36 of Toms River, was traveling westbound on Route 37 “at a high rate of speed” when she lost control of her SUV while changing lanes, and crashed into a vehicle that was stopped for the red light at the intersection, said police spokeswoman Jillian Messina in a statement.
Ippolitto’s vehicle ultimately struck a traffic signal, causing it to fall into the roadway, forcing the closure of one lane eastbound on Route 37.
The sole occupant of the stopped vehicle, a 19-year-old man, suffered minor injuries, police said.
Ippolitto was transported to Community Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. She received citations for careless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to keep right, and reckless driving. The accident remains under investigation by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer Ryan Fitzgerald.