At approximately 10:25 PM, police units were dispatched to the intersection of Bay Avenue and Twin Oaks Drive for a reported motor vehicle accident. The initial investigation revealed Ashley Beams, 31 of Toms River, was traveling east on Bay Avenue when she failed to maintain her lane, traveling in the shoulder, and struck a pedestrian who was parked retrieving something from his vehicle. The vehicles travelled approximately 96’ before coming to rest. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Ms. Beams was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment of injuries she sustained in the crash.
The Ocean County Sheriff Criminal Investigation Unit also assisted at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation by Toms River Toms River Traffic Safety Officer Ryan Fitzgerald and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office. Charges are pending at this time.