MANAHAWKIN, NJ – When firefighters and police officers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle crash into an Ocean Acres home last week, part of the response was to ensure the physical safety of the occupants of the home. Another part of the response to was to apprehend the suspect, which was done. Lastly, first responders had to make sure the home was structurally sound while conducting their investigation.
When station 47 Fire Chief Spisak arrived on the scene, it was confirmed that all occupants were out of the vehicle with no injuries reported to anyone in the building.
The Stafford Police Department said the building was evaluated for structural stability.
“Great job by crews on scene. Special thanks to Stafford Township Police Department, Stafford Township Emergency Medical Services, the Stafford Township Bureau of Fire Prevention, Stafford Township Building Department, and the American Red Cross,” the town said in a statement Thursday.
“Due to the damage to the structure, crews from rescue engine 4741 and engine 4721 utilized mechanical shoring to temporarily shore the structure so crews could safely work in the damaged area and prevent any additional damage.”
You can see that shoring job performed by firefighters in the photo at the top of this story.
Police reported a teen driver was at fault in this crash, but fled the scene.
“Upon his arrival Officer Szwed observed the involved vehicle, a white Honda Civic, which was found to be unoccupied. Further investigation revealed that the accident had occurred just moments before Officer Szwed’s arrival, and the occupants of the vehicle had fled the area on foot. The residence had sustained extensive damage, but thankfully, no occupants in the house were injured,” the Stafford Police Department said. “After an extensive and time-consuming investigation, the driver of the vehicle was identified as Christian Capone, 17 year-old male of Beach Haven West, NJ. Capone was later located at his residence. It is believed that Capone had multiple juvenile passengers in the vehicle at the time of the crash. At this time, one of the passengers has been identified. There have been no reported injuries at this time.”