Motor Vehicle Accident Downs Traffic Light Stanchion, Driver Arrested for DWI

Intoxicated driver takes down traffic light stanchion, strikes another vehicle

An early morning traffic accident at the intersection of Route 37 and Fischer Boulevard also caused the downing of a traffic light stanchion, resulting in the vehicle driver’s arrest for DWI.

James Murphy, 31, of Barnegat, was traveling westbound on Route 37 at 1:10 a.m. this morning, when he lost control of his car, hit the light stanchion at the intersection of 37 and Fischer Boulevard, then struck another car, according to Toms River Township Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

The driver of the other vehicle which was struck in the accident was Porfirio Melo Jr., 24, of Seaside Heights, who also claimed that Murphy’s vehicle both downed the light stanchion and struck his car. The chief added that no serious injuries were reported in the accident.

At that time, Murphy was arrested for DWI by the Toms River Township Police Department, while the light stanchion was soon re-erected, according to Chief Mastronardy.

barbara April 08, 2012 at 12:43 PM
People who drink and drive think "it will never happen to me" Very dumb decision. Mr. Murphy, count your blessings you did not kill any one or yourself. Don't be a repeat offender. You are lucky to be commenting here. Just think if you killed someone or yourself, how their loved ones and yours would be celebrating this holiday today. Wise up........
Eileen April 08, 2012 at 02:38 PM
No worries? Am I wrong or do you not share the same roads?
VirginiA Marles April 08, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Taxpayer of toms river April 09, 2012 at 05:01 AM
The state must love paying the ot damn that street light is always down someone is always hitting it but it takes a good man to admit his mistakes learn for this situation and never make the same mistake twice u got lucky in this one adapt and overcome
April Lynch-Quist April 09, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Taxpaper the State pays for the street light but they sue the Insurance company of the driver to recoop the money.My mother in law was hit so hard but a car it pushed her car into the street light,which fell and they sued her insurance when they should have sued the jerk that hit her and pushed her car into the post, anyway she sent report in and they went after the driver that hit her.. There should never be a drunk driver it takes a second to make a call and say honey I am to drunk or call a cab.. Thankfully someone didnt get seriously hurt or die.. People make mistakes but thats just plain dumb. what if someone got killed Murphy a child anyone someones mother,aunt ,uncle etc.. Think Before you Drink!


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