TOMS RIVER – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a motor vehicle earlier today on Route 37 while stopping to help someone out, police report.
On Oct. 14, at approximately 5:49 a.m., police responded to the intersection of Route 37 and Northampton Blvd. for the report of a pedestrian struck. Upon arrival, officers discovered 56-year old Anne M. Lovallo of Keyport unresponsive. Despite lifesaving attempts, Lovallo was pronounced deceased on scene.
A preliminary investigation found that Lovallo was assisting a disabled motor home with an attached trailer, operated by 60-year old Rocky Sal Granata, transient of California, when the incident occurred. Granata has a history of selling merchandise throughout the area out of his mobile home, which is decorated with photos of the president.
Michael Martinez, 62, of Jackson, was traveling eastbound when he struck the trailer which ultimately struck Lovallo who stood between the trailer and motor home. The motor home was disabled in the right lane with no operating lights while still dark and foggy, police said.
“Mr. Martinez was very cooperative and provided OCPO consent to search his phone, and also consented to a voluntary blood sample which was provided. There are no anticipated charges for Mr. Martinez at this state of the investigation,” stated Jillian Messina of the Toms River Police Department.
An investigation is ongoing. Also responding on scene was Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Crime Scene Investigators and Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office.