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Leonardo Man Indicted For Role In Rt. 36 Crash That Injured Two Motorcyclists

The motorcyclists were seriously injured in the crash at the Thompson Ave. intersection.

A grand jury in Freehold has returned an indictment charging a Leonardo man on two counts of assault by auto for his involvement in an accident on Route 36 that left two motorcyclists with serious injuries.

Thomas Phillips of Ocean Avenue in Leonardo is alleged to have been driving while intoxicated on Oct. 16, 2011 when his car struck two motorcycles stopped for a red light at Thompson Avenue and Route 36, in the westbound lanes, around 12:45 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. 

The motorcyclists were taken to the hospital trauma centers, one by medevac, for treatment of serious injuries.  Phillips was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

An indictment is a formal charge and not a conviction. A defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

According to NJ Motor Vehicle Commission records, Phillips' license has been suspended 32 times for a variety of offenses over the years, including two DUIs. Prior to the accident, his most recent violations in 2011 were related to an address change in August and failure to wear a seat belt in February. 

He is currently a driver in good standing, according to the MVC. 

Louis Rivera May 24, 2013 at 01:28 PM
License suspende 32 time over the years, including two DUIs and he's a driver in good standing!!!!!! No need to ask why our insurance rates are the highest in the country.
J Bas May 24, 2013 at 01:42 PM
This man should not be allowed to drive for at least ten years and only with weekly drug and alcohol tesing after that. In the mean time let him sit in jail for a few years and reflect on his pathetic life choices.
christine May 24, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I think we need to redefine "driver in good standing"!! SMH
Jerry May 24, 2013 at 04:44 PM
If he is a driver in good standing then the insurance companies should be PAYING me to drive!!!! WTF???? Haven't even had a seatbelt ticket in over 10 years, and he is in good standing........that must make me a saint!!!! LOL
Liz May 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM
You have to be kidding? When do they take away license? That's NJ for you.

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