Driver drops cigarette and hits two pedestrians, police say
TOMS RIVER – A woman who dropped her cigarette while driving on Sunday struck two pedestrians, a letterbox and two cars parked on Morris Boulevard, Toms River police said.
Michele Ventriglia, whose name and city of origin were not immediately available, told authorities she was watching her knees to retrieve her fallen cigarette around 3:45 p.m. when her car drifted to the left and struck two pedestrians walking with their German Shepherd, police spokesperson Jillian Messina. mentionned. Her car then struck a letterbox and two parked cars before stopping, she said.
One of the pedestrians was taken to Toms River Community Medical Center for treatment and the other to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Messina said. The two were alert and aware when authorities arrived at the scene, she said. Their names have not been released.
The dog was not injured, Messina said.
Police said Ventriglia did not appear to be impaired.
The accident remains under investigation by Toms River Police Officer Mark Nater and Ocean County District Attorney’s Office Detective Anthony Carrington.
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