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Special Officer, Barnegat Man Hospitalized After Route 9 Collisions

Route 9 back open to traffic

Two were taken to the hospital for injuries, including a Lacey Township Special Officer, following two motor vehicle accidents at the intersection of Route 9 and Lakeside Drive South in Forked River early this morning, Patrolman George Resetar said in a news release.

Police responded to a three-car collision at approximately 5:48 a.m., he said. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Subaru driven by Justin Gartley, 26, of Barnegat was traveling south on Route 9 when it left the lane and struck two vehicles traveling north.

A 2003 Hyundai driven by Robin Doyle, 40, of Barnegat and a 1997 Ford driven by Gregory Doscher Jr., 23, of Barnegat were struck. Doyle and Doscher received minor injuries, Resetar said.

Gartley was extricated from his vehicle by the Forked River Fire Department and flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune with serious injuries, he said. He is currently listed in stable condition, said Maureen Gillespie, spokesperson for the hospital.

Witnesses to the aftermath of the accident scene said they saw a white pickup truck resting inside the passenger side of a red sedan, and a white SUV wrapped around a pole in front of Odd-It Tees, 405 S. Main Street.

Following the initial accident, Route 9 was closed to traffic and Special Officer Ken Martin, 65, of Forked River was directing traffic at the intersection of Route 9 and Lakeside Drive South when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Kirsten Cicardo, 18, of Forked River, Resetar said.

Cicardo was turning north on Route 9 from Lakeside Drive South at approximately 6:54 a.m. when she struck Martin, who was in the southbound lane on Route 9, just in front of the stop line, he said. Martin was dressed in his uniform, safety vest and traffic gloves.

Martin was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for head and lower extremity injuries. He was released from the hospital after being treated, Resetar said.

"The officer is O.K.," a source at the scene said

Route 9 opened to traffic at approximately 10 a.m.

The cars were towed from the scene at about 9:45 a.m.

Members of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Lacey EMS responded to both accidents.

Patrolman Jeffrey Slota and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating the first accident.

Anyone with further information regarding the secondary accident is asked to contact Resetar at 609-693-6636, ext. 2590.

Please return to Patch for any additional updates.

Laura E May 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Speedy recovery to all involved.
grace May 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM
he is the nicest man, and is an asset to Lacey.....
nascarfan May 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
It's absolute mayhem on the roads. Cars running off the road into telephone poles and trees, driving into the oncoming lane of traffic, hitting pedestrians. For God's sake people, wake up and start paying attention to your driving and your surroundings when you're behind the wheel. A car isn't a toy. It weighs thousands of pounds and can be a deadly weapon if handled carlessly. Stop all of the other garbage and PAY ATTENTION!
stretch113 May 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Ditzy Driver was probably a 'blonde' trying to go north in the southbound lane . . . DUH! There's one for a license re-test . . . Let's see . . Roadway lighting present-check, Police safety vest on-check, patrol car lights flashing-check . . . . Girl's ability to manuever around a bonafide traffic control person . . . . NOT ! !
bunny May 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM
NJ Move Over Law. www.moveoverlaw.com New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2 Drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks and other highway safety vehicles displaying red, blue and/or amber flashing lights must now move over one lane or, if not safe to move over, then slow down below the posted speed limit. New Jersey is the 44th state to pass a Move Over Law
Kevin Darmon May 11, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Get Well Wishes to Officer Martin.
Nicholas A. Pelino May 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Based on the age of the driver and number of accidents that tend to surround this age group at this time of year. Sounds like a case of 'spring fever' and a good time for parents to remind their kids to exercise safety and caution while driving. Please remember to be careful, all the time. Life cannot be replaced.... and for the adult drivers please put those cell phones down!
nascarfan May 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM
You weren't texting, but you weren't paying attention either. Leave you alone? Because of your carelessness, you injured somebody. You can't be looking in one direction and driving in another. The next time you want to rubberneck, pull your car off the road, do your rubbernecking, and when you're all done, continue on your way. You can't drive safely and rubberneck at the same time.
JOHNNY Done it May 13, 2012 at 03:23 AM
@Kirsten first dont drive like Mr magoo open your eyes .lucky you didnt kill him..next time you might end up in a helicopter to a truama center..It is your responsibilty to control your vehicle if you cant take a cab, & The strong rumor was you were texting ,,,,,
JOHNNY Done it May 13, 2012 at 03:31 AM
AGREED ,Inexperience & not attentive.... This kids need to be controlling your own vehicle..Your insurance carrier is going to love you......
JOHNNY Done it May 14, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Speedy recover to Officer Martin
kirsten cicardo July 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM
You're mean I'm nice :[
kirsten cicardo July 14, 2012 at 04:37 PM
How mad are you lol
nascarfan July 14, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Kirsten, If I were you I would stop commenting here. By making light of other's comments, you are only showing how immature you are. I'm sure many of us who read about this incident deemed you as being immature and irresponsible, but eveytime you post here, you're making that clearer to all of us. Grow up! This really isn't a laughing matter.
kirsten cicardo July 14, 2012 at 05:55 PM
If you were me you'd be good looking and funny and smart and awesome. and wait I'm not the adult fighting with a teenager here. I just graduated high school I can be as immature as I want you're probably a lonely 50 year old man so why don't you grow up boyfriend :p and I know this isn't a laughing matter... Don't worry it's my problem not yours thanks for being concerned though but I have a father and a mother for that :]
nascarfan July 14, 2012 at 06:20 PM
You weren't so funny, smart, and awesone the day you drove your car into that fire policeman, were you? I bet you weren't laughing then, were you? And. by the way, the only people I'm concerned about are the others who have to share the roads with you. They all need our prayers.

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