by Ralph Stocco, TRPD
TOMS RIVER-On March 3rd at 7:13 pm police and medical units responded to the corner of Bay Avenue and Coolidge Avenue for a woman that was struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival they observed an unconscious female in the roadway. They immediately began life saving measures and transported her to Community Medical Center.
Initial reports are that Gina Russomanno, 57, who resides on Coolidge Avenue; was walking north on Coolidge approaching Bay Avenue. She was crossing Bay Avenue when she was struck by a 2001 Toyota Tacoma driven by Nicolo Accreditato, 19, of Hunt Drive in Toms River. Accreditato’s vehicle was traveling West on Bay Avenue prior to the crash.
Ms. Russomanno died a short time after arriving at the hospital as a result of multiple injuries.
Traffic Safety Officer Adam Koeppen is leading the investigation with the assistance of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Vehicular Investigation Unit, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI Unit.