UPDATE: Four-Vehicle Accident Injures Motorcyclist, Rider at Vaughn, Route 37

Driver that struck motorcyclist charged with DWI

Toms River Township Polive Officer Steven Schwartz was conducting an investigation into a suspected driving under the influence driver on Route 37 westbound, just east of Vaughn Avenue on Saturday evening, when he witnessed a pickup truck strike a motorcycle and three other cars just after 10 p.m.

Investigation found that Carl Heer, 51, was operating a 1995 Ford westbound when he struck a 1980 Yamaha motorcycle pushing it 300 feet before smashing into two other cars stopped at the traffic signal. 

Heer was charged with DWI

The operator of the motor cycle, Nicholas Gerofsky, 19, of Browns Mills and his passenger Brooke Hiis, 24, of Bayville were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center Trauma Center, Neptune, by the Silverton First Aid Squad. 

Jamie Cunningham, 17, of Toms River whose 2002 Pontiac was struck and Jennifer Mergogey, 25, of Manchester whose 2012 Kia was struck were not injured.   

Assisting in the investigation were Officer Jason Putkowski, Traffic Safety Officer Brian Doyle and Sergeant Michael Miller.

Traffic safety Officer Schwartz also charged the operator of the vehicle originally stopped Jean Ryan, 53, of Jackson with DWI.



orchid95 June 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM
1stcav: I read the original article which did NOT state that. I went back and checked to see if I was mistaken before my response at the time...but THANKS for your intelligent response it was very helpful in the conversation.
Nicholas Gerofsky June 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
i am lucky to be alive. he almost killed my passanger and he was drunk. enough said N.G.
Heather Hiis June 18, 2012 at 09:03 PM
My sister was the passenger if any of you think it was nick's fault you are out of your mind. I am lucky to have my sister alive!...Her and Nick both are extremely lucky and I am blessed to have my sister still.
Heather Hiis June 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
hey thank god you guys are ok...I am still so thankful that my sister is alive. You both must of had angels that night.
Nicholas Gerofsky June 19, 2012 at 01:48 AM
i am so sorry she got put through that. and as far as luck, that isnt a strong enough word. miracle is more like it. and thanks for backing me up with this. it helps knowing her family knows i did EVERYTHING possible to keep her safe. and make sure she was ok...


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