Police: Drunk Driver Causes Three Accidents in Manahawkin

STAFFORD- On Wednesday February 24, 2016 at approximately 4:50 PM Stafford Police received a report of a hit and run involving a red mustang in the area of Route 9 North and Oxycocus Road. Prior to police arrival, additional reports were received that a red mustang was involved in an accident at the intersection of Route 9 and Hilliard Boulevard and fled the scene. As the vehicle fled the second accident, it struck another vehicle at the same intersection. The accidents heavily damaged the vehicle and it lost a tire and fled the scene driving on the tire rim.

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Police located the vehicle a short distance away at a residence on Willow Court. The engine of the vehicle was smoking heavily. Further investigation determined that Veronica Belluscio, 41 YOA, of Willow Court, Manahawkin, NJ was the operator of the 2000 Ford Mustang involved in the accidents. She was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.

As a result of this incident, a total of 5 vehicles other than Belluscio’s vehicle were damaged with three occupants being transported to SOMC for minor injuries.

Accident at Route 9 and Oxycocus: Three Car Accident

Belluscio struck: 2016 Lexus Rx3 (Operated by Wendy A. Tomasello of Manahawkin, NJ 49 YOA)

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Pushed into a 2005 Honda CRV (Operated by Diana M. Dabrowski, 62 YOA of West Creek, NJ)

Accident at Route 9 and Hilliard Blvd: Three Car Accident

Belluscio struck: 2012 Chevy Equinox( Operated by Lindsay Hoosack of 32 YOA of Barnegat/ Two Child Occupants: 3 YOA female and 9 Months old female Driver was transported for neck pain and two children were transported to get checked out

Pushed into a 2011 Lincoln Mkz (Operated by Amy Fence, 43 YOA of Manahawkin)

Accident at Route 9 and Hilliard Blvd: Two Car Accident

Belluscio struck: 2005 GMC Savannah (Operated by Richard Coffman, 69 YOA Of Manahawkin, NJ)

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Belluscio was charged with one count of Resisting Arrest, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, 3 count of leaving the scene of an accident, 3 counts of failure to report an accident, 2 counts of improper passing. She was processed and released pending a future court appearance.

Patrolman Erik Smithman was the arresting officer. Stafford EMS and Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company assisted in the matter.