DWI Crash Brings Down Traffic Light, Two Injured

TOMS RIVER – A DWI crash during the busy evening commute left two local residents injured.

Toms River Police confirmed the crash happened on Wednesday, January 2 at around 5 p.m. Multiple units were sent to the intersection of Bey Lea Road and North Bay Avenue.

Toms River Police Department Spokesperson Jillian Messina said 82-year-old Louise Frankel of Manchester was heading west on Bay Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle driven by 63-year-old Dhananjay Joshi of Toms River.

According to the police, Joshi was attempting to turn left onto North Bay Avenue when he didn’t have the right of way. The crash sent Frankel’s car into a traffic light pole which subsequently crashed on top of her vehicle.

Frankel suffered a compound fracture to her ankle and was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.

Photo courtesy Ocean County Scanner News

Joshi sustained a laceration to his head and was transported to Community Medical center for treatment. He was then issued summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Failing to Yield the Right of Way at an Intersection. 

Joshi was also charged with Assault by Auto for his intoxication being a contributing factor to the crash leading to the serious injury to another driver.

Toms River Traffic Officer PJ Gambardella is leading the investigation.