13-Year-Old Crashes Stolen Car After He Unexpectedly Sees Mom

The incident occurred near Squire Village.

A 13-year-old driving a car believed stolen was injured and arrested after he unexpectedly saw his mom while driving in Squire Village and then crashed the car into a tree.

Toms River Police announced the 13-year-old was hospitalized for a hip injury and broken nose as a result of the one-car accident 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 17 on Brokaw Boulevard off Hooper Avenue.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the boy told police the crash happened after he lost control of the vehicle he was illegally driving. The teen was driving down Brokaw Boulevard and saw his mother drive past him in the opposite direction, then crashed into a tree.

"Apparently distracted by seeing his mother the 2012 Toyota Camry he was operating left the roadway and struck a tree," Mastronardy said in an email.

In addition, the 13-year-old Toms River resident was operating the vehicle over the speed limit, traveling at 40 mph in the residential street, the police chief said.

Police said the teen was not only charged with driving without a license and reckless driving, but that other charges are pending because the 2012 Toyota Camry was reported stolen.

Earlier that day, the vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of Bay View Corporate Center on Hooper Avenue less than a mile from Squire Village, Mastronardy said.

Traffic Safety Officer Steven Schwartz and Sergeant Scott Moeller are investigating the theft of the vehicle after also investigating the one-car crash.

Mastronardy said the damage from a car crash into the Squire Village sign and brick wall entrance is not related.

The boy was transported to Jersey Shore Hospital and was charged with reckless driving and being an unlicensed driver. Mastronardy said other charges are pending as the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Toms River police headquarters at 732-349-0150.


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mother October 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
You are right my childs facebook page had other kids talking about drugs and they were posting pictures of drugs. I told police about the page they are investigating the matter. Your children are in grave danger.
people u know October 24, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I dont blame the parents, schools or the police. I blame society MTVs Jersey shore and the gangs that bring trouble to our community. Parents can only do so much if a child wants to do somthing he is going to do it regardless.
Concerned Friend October 24, 2012 at 07:33 PM
As I said on the update. Everyone wants to blame the parents because if they don't that means their child could do it too. The mother and father did everything legally possible. Sometimes kids just dont listen because their friends are more important. All of us who have grown children that had bumps and bruises are t superior parents we were lucky parents. His parents are good people who tried to get him help. He threw it back In their face. Most of us will be lucky and our children will do just fine. They give children all the credit when their parents suck and they end up succeeding I life. This is no different. Just opposite. He has great parents and he is failing. Unfortunately years ago it would have happened at 16. Well people 13 is the new 16. No one is more disappointed then his parents. And any bashing you do towards them is so much less than what they are doing to themselves. This happens to good families. And yes mom also notified police about Facebook
WhyohWhy October 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Listen... this kid at 13 didn't just start acting out and hanging with the worng kids. ,Its when these kids are young and impressionable is when the parents have to teach their children RIGHT from WRONG. each them respect, manners and responsibility. If these kids were made to face the consequences when they were young for doing wrong they would have a better idea of what happens when they break the law. My kids were not perfect but I'll tell you what, they had a fear and a respect for us. Kids learn what they live, I believe this. I'm not saying he has bad parents but somewhere something got lost. I hope this scares the shit out of this kid and he learns before its too late... I wish the parents lots of luck.
WhyohWhy October 25, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Ya know what Arien... parents have a responsibility till their child is 18. And its no ones problem but the parents if this kids needs around the clock supervision. This is the parents job. They wanted to be called mom and dad. From what others are saying it hasn't been 'one' bad choice. They have been having problems with him right along. So you leave nothing to chance and watch this kid like a hawk and if they are working then make provisions to have him taken care of till you get home. christie isn't far off here... he is offering a solution and you are jumping down his throat. Kids just don't do bad things for no reason...You can't kee blaming everyone else for your problems. He's right if this person doesn't listen to you then go toYou keep going till someone listens to you. You just don't stop and hope it will work itself out. FIGHT for your kids... You are all they've got !


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