New Point Borough Driver Loses Control, Drives Into Lagoon

No charges in Monday night accident


The Monday night accident that ended with a car in a lagoon off Point Pleasant Canal and two teens climbing out of the water soaked began with a new driver who lost control, police said.

A 17 year old boy from Point Borough, who had a 15 year old Borough boy in the passenger seat, drove into a lagoon off Marine Parkway at a small marina owned by the Bay Head Shores Property Association, police said.

The two were not seriously injured and were able to open the car doors and climb out of the water, police said.

The driver was heading north on Marine Parkway, when he turned right onto a dirt road owned by the association, said Police Captain Richard Larsen.

"He lost control while turning and crossed over a small, wooden dock into a lagoon," Larsen said, adding that the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Police Chief Larry Williams said the driver was "new and inexperienced," made a mistake and lost control.

A tow truck had to hoist the car out of the water.

No charges are being filed in the investigation done by Officer Brad McNally.

The car was a 2001 Honda Accord owned by the driver's father, Larsen said. He declined to release the names of the boys because they are minors.

The Point Boro First Aid Squad, the Borough Fire Department, its water rescue unit and rescue truck, and the State Police Marine Bureau assisted at the scene. Police were called to the scene at 5:41 p.m. and all emergency responders cleared the scene at 7:09 p.m.

Borough Fire Chief Daniel Mulligan said he sent one of the water rescue personnel, Captain Jonathan Miller, into the water. He turned the car off and did a quick search of the car, which was in about four feet of water.

Marine Parkway, off Bay Boulevard in the Borough's Bay Head Shores section, also intersects with Riviera Parkway where Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School is located.

Joshua Grandinetti October 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM
the kid who did this i am good friends with him and he wanted to show us on sunday that he can do it and he did it n went flying down the street and then the next day he did it and this happen n i ask are you ever going to do it again and he said no
RJS@BHS October 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Did you learn how to communicate and write in the Point schools?
Joshua Grandinetti October 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM
what do you mean
RJS@BHS October 20, 2012 at 03:26 AM
English. Do you speak it?
bhs KJB-3 ppb October 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I just saw this article today, i was walking the boat basin the day after it happened, two boys drove up on bikes and were telling me there friend did the damage to the dock. they went on to tell me, they go to school with him, the driver told them he was trying to do dounuts with his car and his feet got jambed between the brake and gas pedals he mistook the gas for the brake and he lost control. the driver is lucky the dock piling hooked the rear bumper, if not the car may have gone completly in and the ending may have not been as happy for the two in the vehicle. also lucky no one was walking on the dock as i often do,as well many other neighbors with small children do. after reading this had been ongoing for several days prior and no one called the police is sad . boys will be boys, young drivers do not understand power, im now 59 i was 17 at on time also and i was given breaks, i hope this young man takes heed and passes on to his friends how serious this was , and not brag how he got away with it. this could have turned out much worse and parents and family/friends could have been sitting at a funeral s .


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