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Easter Sunday Crash Kills 22-Year-Old in West Long Branch

A 16-year-old girl was also injured in the early morning crash on Wall Street.

A 22-year-old Long Branch man was killed and his 16-year-old female passenger was injured in an accident in West Long Branch on Easter Sunday, according to Sgt. James P. Gomez of the .

Police responded to a report of a one-car crash on Wall Street near Meadow Lane at approximately 2:10 a.m., Gomez said in a statement released by the department. Officers arriving at the scene found a red, two-door BMW on its roof with a driver and passenger inside, according to Gomez.

The West Long Branch Fire Department, West Long Branch First Aid Squad and MONOC paramedics were able to extricate the 16-year-old Long Branch resident and transport her to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The 22-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, Gomez said.

The man’s name was not released pending family notification, and the 16-year-old’s name was withheld because of her age.

The Oceanport Police Department, the Long Branch Police Department and the Long Branch Fire Department assisted in responding to the incident, according to the statement.

The investigation is being handled by West Long Branch Police Department Traffic Bureau Patrolman Nicholas Ferrugiaro and Patrolmen Kyle Kampf and Laura Osborn, Detective Sergeant William Lynch and Detective Jeff Hanlon, all of the West Long Branch Police Department.

Thomas A. Blasi April 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
ROADRAGE! This area maintains a high rate of motor vehicle accidents resulting in bodily injury and death primarily because individuals drive to fast germane to the population density & the number of vehicles on the roads. When they observe a traffic sign: SPEED LIMIT 45 MPH, they only see 45 but seldom observe the word ‘LIMIT.’ They believe that if they drive at 45, everything’s OK and they have complying with the law. Motorist need to adjust their speed relative to the amount of traffic & road conditions. Another problem is tailgating; motorist inches away from the rear of your vehicle. Will this ever change? I don’t think so; individuals have a ‘self comes first’ attitude.
Christina Warren April 09, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Nothing like assuming the worst before the actual facts are given. My heart goes out to his family and my prayers for the young lady in the hospital.
Jania Maria Luz April 09, 2012 at 01:30 AM
It's so sad ! It was a great person hope he is in a better place. RIP.
Alini Scardini April 09, 2012 at 03:07 AM
He was my friend....
Rose Nunes April 09, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Friends should not let friends drive drunk... He should not have been behind the wheel... Prayers go out to his family and to the girls family that is in the hospital.... These young adults need to be more responsible, if you drink call someone dont get in your car or anyone elses car that has been drinking...
Nina Parrilla April 09, 2012 at 01:17 PM
No where does it state that this was road rage, on wall st at 2 am that is unlikely. Also the speed limit is not 45 there. Did you even read the article?
Nina Parrilla April 09, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Seriously!
Nina Parrilla April 09, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The article doesn't state that he was drunk.
Christina Warren April 09, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Why do people always assume the worst? What if they were swerving to avoid a deer? Come on people, a little tact and humanity! Compassion is what is needed not accusations. Think about those that just lost a child!
Mary Lynn Noonan-Toschi April 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
My condolences to the friends and family of these two young people. I am deeply disappointed that Patch.com has not updated information on this article since yesterday.
Christopher Sheldon (Editor) April 09, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Mary Lynn, I have reached out to the local police, but have not heard back from them yet. I will be sure to update the article with any new information as soon as it is released.
Alini Scardini April 09, 2012 at 08:33 PM
He was at my friends house that day...she said he was drinking a lot.... The girl is doing good...she is at home already..we r all really sad... He hasn't seen his mother for more than 5 years because she lives in brazil.
Christina Warren April 09, 2012 at 11:30 PM
With all due respect to his family, some information just doesn't need to be public. Please keep his memory in mind when speaking about details... Glad to hear your friend is home and on the mend. We will continue to pray for her and his family.
Diogenes April 10, 2012 at 04:10 AM
this just sux.. first off the guy was a friend of mine, second people don understand that sometimes its not possible for some people ( imigrants ) to see theyr family because of the law in USA, unfortunately its how it is, if the imigrants status is illegal they arent able to see theyr family because most of the young ones came and left theyr home countries without anything to loose, came to USA to make life for themselves and family, now the law in USA culd change, i understand the reason he drank if he did.... cause he wasnt capable of seeing his loved ones.. his mother father familly all devastaded because they are receiving not theyr child but a corpse, all because nothing kills more than the fact of beeing away from your loved ones ... i just wish the law in USA ave a chance to imigrants that are honest and worthy of a better life!! there are many im sure!!!
Rose Nunes April 10, 2012 at 01:50 PM
That still does not give you a reason to drink and put your life in danger and others.. everyone has family oversees that they cant see.. NOT A REASON TO DRINK AND DRIVE...Coming from someone that has family overseas... R.I.P...
Rose Nunes April 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Christina, & Nina, The article does not state he was drunk, but alot us of knew exactly where he was and what he was doing.. R.I.P Weverson..
rbresident April 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I love how people say "this street is never patrollled by police" yes they purposely avoid it. You don't know when they are in the area. Do you check your street every 5 minutes. You are the FIRST person that would be complaining for getting a ticket on the same street.
Bianca April 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Are there any moderators that read some of the trashy comments? BLEWYOUUP's comment should be deleted.
Christopher Sheldon (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Comments that complain offensive or expletive language will be deleted. Please try to keep the comments about the article and do not use the comments as a way to go back and forth with another another user.
Nina Parrilla April 11, 2012 at 01:16 PM
There is a memorial on the telephone pole by where it happened. So sad!
Nina Parrilla April 11, 2012 at 01:17 PM
This is why the dream bill needs to be passed. Allow them to stay and participate in society legitimately.
Amicus Rocha April 11, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Don't drink and drive! You not only can get killed but you can also kill others!!! May God comfort his family.
Mary Lynn Noonan-Toschi April 11, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Thank you Christopher. That would be appreciated.
Bianca April 11, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Thank you Christopher
Jeff Sullivan April 11, 2012 at 09:20 PM
@diogenese.. First off I'm sorry for your loss and for his families loss. I have lived in the area my whole life. Brazillian people seem to be good hardworking people in the area, however I have noticed the young guys have a knack for hard drinking and fast driving. Seems they are not getting the whole drinking and driving thing. Secondly as far as staying when a visa runs out, If they are tax payers fine, the ones I know work under the table for flooring companies. Most still have out of state licenses and vehicle registration. All seem to be nice guys though.
Sofia Konvitz May 21, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I cannot believe how ignorant and cruel some of the people are who are posting on here. An innocent life was taken. Regardless of the factors, a life should never be lossed. My heart goes out to his family. Im deeply sorry for you loss. <3

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