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Pedestrian In Critical Condition, Seaside Heights Driver Charged After Accident

An intersection along Hooper Avenue, Toms River, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

An intersection along Hooper Avenue, Toms River, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Toms River police say a Seaside Heights woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition following an accident in which she was struck Monday afternoon.

According to police spokeswoman Jillian Messina, police were dispatched to Hooper Avenue, just north of Washington Street, at about 2:20 p.m. Monday for a reported pedestrian struck by a vehicle.

Roseann Macchiarelli, 52 of Seaside Heights was traveling north on Hooper Avenue when she struck pedestrian Jessica Descafano, 33 of Forked River, who entered traffic attempting to cross Hooper Avenue mid-block.


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Descafano was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical University in Neptune due to the extent of her injuries, where she is listed in critical, but stable, condition. Macchiarelli, the driver, was issued citations for being an unlicensed driver, and charged with causing injury while unlicensed. She was also wanted on an active warrant.

The accident remains under investigation by Traffic Safety Officers Bob Westfall and Ryan Fitzgerald. Also assisting at the scene was the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office.


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