Forked River Woman Critical After Being Struck by Car in Downtown Toms River

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Toms River Police Dept. - File Photo
Toms River Police Dept. - File Photo

TOMS RIVER, NJ – A 33 year old Forked River woman was struck by a passing vehicle driven by a Seaside Heights resident on Hooper Avenue in downtown Toms River.

According to Tom’s River Police Department spokeswoman Jillian Messina, “On Monday, at approximately 2:20 PM, police units were dispatched to Hooper Avenue, just north of Washington Street, for a reported pedestrian struck by a vehicle.”

Messina said Roseann Macchiarelli, 52 of Seaside Heights was traveling north on Hooper Avenue when she struck pedestrian Jessica Descafano, 33 of Forked River, who entered traffic attempting to cross Hooper Avenue mid-block.

“Ms. Descafano was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical University in Neptune due to the extent of her injuries where she is listed in critical, but stable, condition. Ms. Macchiarelli was issued citations for being an unlicensed driver, and charged with Causing Injury While Unlicensed, as well as being arrested for an active warrant,” Messina said in a statement.