It’s first month of the New Year and a second life has been claimed by a in .
A 17-year-old Union Beach boy was killed late last night after losing control of his car and hitting a utility pole on Dwight Road near Borden, Sgt. First Class Fred Deickmann said.
The name of the Keyport High School senior is not yet being released by police, he added.
The single-vehicle accident, involving only the teen driver, who had no passengers in the car, occurred at 11:46 p.m., Deickmann added. “Conditions (visibility/road) were clear and dry,” he said. “The driver was DOA (dead on arrival) at the scene.”
And according to preliminary investigation results, police do not believe that alcohol and/or drug consumption were factors.
“There was no obvious indication of that … not that we believe at this time,” Deickmann said.
As a matter of routine with any fatal accident, however, toxicology tests will be conducted as part of the investigation.
The accident was called in as an overturned car that had struck a utility pole near a curve in the road, downing the pole and wires. The driver was trapped in the car, authorities had said.
River Plaza Fire Co. and Fairview and Lincroft first aid/rescue squads responded to the scene along with MONOC, Middletown Fire Police and Emergency Services Field-Com Unit.
The investigation of the crash is being headed by police Cpl. Cliff O’Hara, who is being assisted by Patrolman Darrin Simon and Detective First Class Adam Finck. Anyone with information connected to the incident is asked to contact the police department’s Traffic Bureau at 732-615-2045.