On November 9, 2022, Toms River resident Adriana Sanchez had the right of way while traveling on Romana Lane near its intersection with Woodlark Road in Toms River.

At the time, Bayville resident Ryan Julius was driving on Woodlark Road which is controlled with a stop sign at the Romana Lane intersection. Julius failed to stop and clear traffic completely, thus crashing into Sanchez's vehicle, causing her injuries.

Julius was operating a vehicle owned by the Toms River Department of Public Works.

Adriana Sanchez has just filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court in Ocean County, naming as defendants Ryan Julius and the Township of Toms River.

According to the complaint filed by Toms River Attorney Matthew V. Futerfas, Esq. of Brandon J. Broderick, LLC:

The Defendant so carelessly, negligently and recklessly owned, operated, maintained and/or repaired said vehicle so as to cause a collision with Plaintiff.

Plaintiff was caused to sustain serious and permanent injuries, has suffered great pain, shock and mental anguish and was and still is incapacitated and will be permanently disabled and has in the past and will in the future be caused to expend substantial sums of money for needed treatment.

At the time of the collision, the vehicle was operated by Julius within the scope of employment as the agent, servant, or employee and/or with the permission of the Township. The Township was negligent, careless and/or reckless not only in hiring, training, and/or supervising Julius, but also by negligently entrusting the vehicle to him.

Accordingly, the Township is vicariously liable for his behavior, conduct, recklessness, carelessness, and/or negligence.

The complaint demands a trial by jury, and judgment against the Defendants, individually, concurrently, jointly and severally, for damages, together with interest, costs of suit, attorney's fees, and such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and equitable.

Prior to filing suit, the plaintiff served the Township with a Notice of Tort Claims Act and allowed sufficient time to pass before the filing of this complaint as required under the Act.

Township officials have 35 days to answer the complaint.

As previously reported here on FAA News, the Township is currently also defending itself against a lawsuit filed by a pedestrian who was struck by a police cruiser.

At the time, authorities alleged that the pedestrian, William Carberry, was intoxicated, wearing dark clothes, and crossing outside the designated crosswalk at the time he was struck.

In contrast, Carberry's complaint, filed by Teaneck Attorney Adam B. Lederman, Esq., asserts that the police officer was "inattentive, negligent, careless, and reckless," and that was the cause of the crash which caused Carberry to sustain severe and permanent injuries.

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