Holmdel Responds to Serious Accident on Middletown Road, In Middle of the Night

Holmdel Police and First Aid come to aid of a motorist trapped in her car at 3:17 a.m. Friday morning, after striking a large tree near St. Catharine's Church.

As reported by the Holmdel Police desk: 

At 3:17 a.m. early Friday morning, Holmdel Ptl. John Maguire was traveling west along Middletown Road when he came upon the scene of a single vehicle crash.  He reported the crash to headquarters via radio and other police units responded to the location.  The crash appeared to have occurred moments before Maguire’s arrival, as the driver had just dialed 911 from her cell phone. The other Holmdel Police units arrived on location and began to assist Maguire.  The road remained closed for approximately two hours while Melanie Morrison, 29, of Church Street in Keansburg was extricated from her car and the scene was cleared.

Ptl. Maguire’s investigation revealed that the vehicle had been traveling eastbound when it left the roadway and struck a large tree.  After striking the tree, the vehicle rotated 90 degrees to its right and came to rest across the westbound lane without any lights on.  Morrison was trapped in her seat as a result of the violence of the collision and was unable to be taken out of her car until removed by the Fire and Rescue Squads. 

The Holmdel Fire Company, Holmdel First Aid Squad and MONOC paramedics responded to the scene.  The Holmdel Rescue Squad responded for extrication and a MedEvac helicopter was requested but was unavailable because of the weather.  Morrison was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center via ground ambulance, and after further investigation, was charged with Driving under the Influence and issued several motor vehicle summonses 

The crash is under investigation by Ptl. John Maguire with assistance from Sgt. Robert Philhower, Holmdel Traffic Safety Unit Supervisor.  The Police Department asks that if anyone witnessed the crash, or has any information about the crash that they please contact Sgt. Philhower at 732-946-9690. 





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