Two Injured After Car Crashes Into House

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  MANCHESTER – Two are left injured after a car smashed into the side a of house in Whiting, police said.

  On the morning of April 26, the Manchester Township Police Department responded to a report regarding a vehicle colliding into a home on Bellhaven Court, in the Whiting Section of Manchester Township.

  When police arrived at the scene, they found a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe with damage on the front end resting against a Bellhaven Court residence. There was also extensive damage to the southwest corner of the home. 

  An investigation revealed that the Hyundai, driven by Patricia Roberts, 73, of Forked River, was stopped at the stop sign located at the intersection of Myrtle Place and Schoolhouse Road. At that time, Roberts suffered a possible medical episode causing her to unintentionally step on the accelerator causing her to travel across Schoolhouse Road. 

  The Hyundai proceeded to hit landscape bushes, a gutter and part of an aluminum awning until it crossed Bellhaven Court and collided into the southwest corner of a residence.

  When officers arrived, Roberts was conscious and it was determined that she was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. The front seat passenger, Bianca Lehman, 93, of Whiting, was also wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

  Roberts was transported, via medevac helicopter, to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Lehman was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

  There were no occupants inside the residence at the time of the collision. Although the investigation of the crash is still ongoing, police believe the medical episode suffered by Roberts appears to be the main contributing factor.

  Assisting at the scene were EMTs from Manchester Township Emergency Services, as well as, paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Also assisting were members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, members of the Joint Base Fire Department, and the Manchester Township Building Inspector.