Four-Car Accident on Kozloski Road in Freehold

Victim says cars went airborne.


Four vehicles were involved in an accident at Kozloski Road and Center Street in Freehold Township shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Freehold Township police and the East Freehold Fire Company were at the scene of the accident.

Toms River resident Henry Scharff, 68, said he was sitting at a red light and preparing to make a right turn when he observed two vehicles go airborne.

“I saw an orange and black thing coming at me. The path of destruction went right over the top of my car,” he said.

Two of the vehicles flew from the intersection onto the grass of the parking lot at the nearby and Engineering building.

Scharff said he was the only person from the four-car accident to walk away unharmed.

“There were people lying on the ground bleeding. You can tell from the damage they are very hurt. I could have been killed," he said.

Traffic was backed up along Kozloski Road as authorities investigated the accident. At least three people required medical attention, including one victim who was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The condition of those injured was not immediately available.

The vehicles involved in the crash included Scharff's gray Honda Accord, a black Honda Accord, a black Saturn Vue, and an orange Hummer H3.

This is a developing storyline. Freehold Patch will have more information as it becomes available.

No name May 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I am a different no name. Not the mean one. I spell mine No name haha
kke May 17, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I agree Kristine. This is a city, cars and lack of driving experience don't mix. I'm also concerned as to why we have so many accidents/fatalities on Kozloski Road at this intersection. Maybe the speed limit needs to be reduced as well it's 50 now in a residential area. When I was 16 I didn't pass the test and they made me wait a year which was a good thing. I learned more about driving with my learners permit in Utah. I believe my Mother's finger nail prints are still on the dashboard of that old car. City driving has a lot more hazards. It's got to be hard to learn out here.
Kristine May 17, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I do believe we need to blame the State OF NJ. Theses kids get their license after a 6 HOUR driving course, then take their road test in a parking Lot... Come On!!!!! I had to take a 6 month driving course and our road test were taken on the road!!! Not a parking lot. Instead of argueing over who right and wrong ,and whose car it was.... Lets all right letters to Christy to inforce longer drivers ed and road test taken on the road!!!!!!!!!!!!
kke May 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Thanks No name for letting us know and re-confirming what I heard. So glad! Things could've been so much worse. Sounds like a miracle.
Butch Reynolds May 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Don't make this a seatbelts are dangerous thing. You can tell the teenagers posting on here. The ones defending her. She could have been killed herself and she could have killed three very innocent people. Thank God she is ok, but now it is time for the law to punish her severely. The you don't know what she is going through poster is obviously a friend of hers and a teen, as is the we all make mistakes poster. Get over yourselves people...she has a rep for being a brutal hothead...she got angry, jumped in the car, drove 60mph through a red light. That is called an ignorant dangerous decision, not a "mistake".
Tracey Failla May 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Well here we have it people let their children drive a vehicle to big for a 17 year old to be driving, quite frankly I work in the automotive business and to many suvs and people can't park it never the less judge how big the vehicles are. . Weather she was texting or using her phone ( the records will show, the parents should be charge, letting their precious daughter drive a high end vehicle. Oh I give my kid everything, she will becareful. Parents shoudl be charged for everything that caused this accident, weather they willing know their child was driving it or not, then you should of hid the keys. Parents should be held accountable for everything a 17 year old does. I guess the parents that learn their lesson are the ones that died because mommy and daddy said yes. Dumb asses, wonder if they are NY transplants that have no regard for the streets of NY.
Tracey Failla May 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM
oops NJ. I have no pitty call me mean but. oh well
Don Simples May 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM
And stop with the Karma crap....unless we have some Hindu religion experts on here, you ALL have no clue what Karma actually is. No one deserves what happened to this girl, but the people she hit especially did not deserve it. As for the ignorant fool named Brian F....where you want to meet dopey? I bet we can find friends and family members of the three other vidtims who would love to not fight as you implicated, but teach you some manners and a life lesson.
V. Beaverhausen May 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM
In NJ you cannot buy cigarettes until you are 19, you cannot vote until you are 18, can't drink until you are 21, why then can you get a license and get behind the wheel of a car at such a young age??
Carla Leanne May 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I guess that all these people with negative things to say have picture perfect children and are picture perfect parents! I'm sure your child had done something to someone or has done something to break the law or had done WHATEVER against your authority or will, even though you have guided then and coached them to do right. It's sad to say, but you can't control every move of your child's life. Saying the parents are to blame makes me sick...
Carla Leanne May 18, 2012 at 12:47 AM
What If this was your kid? What if you got that horrific phone call that your 17 year old child was ejected through the sun roof of her car and you didn't know if she was going to live or not? That's someones CHILD. Everyone has their own opinions on If the car was right for her or if it was a careless mistake... But at the end of the day, this could have been YOUR kid that made this mistake causing a terrible accident... What should you do as a parent at that point when your child makes a life changing mistake? She is not going to be the only girl in freehold who makes a mistake that harms others. Cut the family some slack and stop putting blame where it shouldn't be put. That little girl will have to live with this for the rest of her life... Her life is changed forever. Who are any of you to say her or her parents won't learn from it? Point being... If this was your kid driving a jeep and god forbid took his or her eyes off the road and caused an accident ON ACCIDENT, I'm sure you wouldn't want yor son or daughter being attacked like you guys are attacking her family... Geez.. Face reality.
Unknown May 18, 2012 at 06:16 AM
This 17 year old girl ran the red light becuse she was fighting with her boyfriend and he got out of her vehicle I live right there and heard the hole story this girl could of seriously hurt someone what if there were children in those vehicles she demolished because she was being a child n throwing a temper tantrum about her boyfriend getting out of her hummer it is in fact a sad sad thing that she caused that and injured innocent people over a BOY !!
nascarfan May 18, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Based on this comment and some others I've read, she should be charged with reckless driving, which is a much more serious offense than careless or inattentive driving. Her little temper tantrum could have killed someone.
Carla Leanne May 18, 2012 at 03:18 PM
So your saying that JUST becuse she got in a fight with her boyfriend she decided... "ok I'm going to run this light and throw a temper tantrum and maybe kill myself and others!" get out of here... Now she's an irresponsible 17 year old with terrible parets who buy her a terrible car and should be charged with reckless driving because she had a bad day and had a fight with her boyfriend? No one has any clue what might of happened in that car!!!! This girl can't get a single break on this page. I guess when someone else has a fight with their husband or wife or kids or mom or dad... And get in an accident... We all should call them irresponsible reckless drivers ...
Carla Leanne May 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Oh yea... And I forgot... Not only is this girl aparently all that I listed above, according to "nascarfan's" post above... "Prayers and sympathy go out to the innocent victims. The 17 year old got what she deserved" Makes me sick
sc May 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM
are we all forgetting what it was like to be 17 everything effected us 10 fold. Am I saying what she did was right.. absolutely not a vehicle is a weapon, respect it! That being said a hard lesson learned for her and hopefully other kids out there hearing about this accident. I went by it yesterday it was horrible the cars were unbelievable. Prayers go out to the girl, her family and all those involved. This is something that will live with her forever.
nascarfan May 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Then be sick. She was reckless and showed total disregard for other innocent people who were on the road, and with that said, yes she did get what she deserved. If you dance to the music you have to pay the piper.
sc May 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
You sound like a bitter and angry person. My god she is someones daughter and maybe that was the family car she was driving.. My son has a jeep does that make me a bad parent my other has a volkswagon and the family vehicle is a GMC Yukon that my sons learned on and still drive. To each his own. Practice what you believe with your own kids and do no condem someone else.
MomChris May 18, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I totally agree. There has to be some accountability in this situation. Kids should not be given cars they cannot handle or make them feel more invicible than they already do. Of course no one wants anyone to be killed and I prayer for all involved but parents have to be wise with the choices they make for their children. Any teenager can have a car accident but don't compound the chances of this happening by providing your child with a super fast and/or super powerful car.
Carla Leanne May 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Sc well said, and nascarfan if something were to ever happen to you or your family I hope you are as disrespectful and disgusting to your child or family members as you are to her and hers... Over an accident!! It's not like she pulled out a gun or knife and tried to murder these people. You weren't in the car. You have no idea what her physical condition was, or If she lost control or anything. You saying that someone's 17 year old child deserved to almost die is horrific. "if you dance to the music you have to pay the piper "? I hope you eat your own words one day... People are sick
nascarfan May 18, 2012 at 05:22 PM
If she was unfit to drive then she shouldn't have been behind the wheel. That was her choice, and a poor one at that. No one forced her. And by the way, a car can be as deadly as a knife or a loaded gun. and when someone is emotionally upset, they shouldn't be handling either of them.
Carla Leanne May 18, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Thanks for the update in emotional behavior. Everyone out there, never drive a car after receiving bad news, getting getting in an argument ... Anything. If so, you should be charged with reckless driving and shouldn't be behind the wheel. We should really just drop this subject because you are really just making comments that you shouldn't. How about we all just wait to see what the police report says. Until then, I'm done, and I'll focus my energy on praying for ALL people involved.
Elise May 19, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Hey Carla the difference between Her and the rest of us driving in emotional distress WE didn't run a RED LIGHT and almost kill 4 people because of RECKLESS JUDGEMENT.....hello it's not ok...there is a difference between accident and tragedy that the problem with this generation it's called ACCOUNTABILTY and there is none .
chelle May 23, 2012 at 01:42 AM
that is a horrendous thing to say. no one deserves to get into a car accident, and you were an inexperienced driver once too. maybe her parents figured that the hummer is pretty much built like a tank so she would be more protected? and it's not only inexperienced drivers that cause accidents. I see more than my fair share of people over the age of 30 and 40 running red lights all the time.
David T. May 25, 2012 at 01:41 AM
the vehicles we drove at that age were like tanks i have a H3 same year and color so for you idiots out there a H3 is built on a 1/2 ton chevy pickup frame motor transmission and rear end. For all the other people out there as a parent i would put my child in a real tank so they would come home safe every day.I am so glad the world has so many perfect drivers in it ones that never make any mistakes the girl will have to live that moment in time over and over all i can say is praise the lord they all survived
David T. May 25, 2012 at 02:06 AM
the vehicles we drove at that age were like tanks i have a H3 same year and color so for you idiots out there a H3 is built on a 1/2 ton chevy pickup frame motor transmission and rear end. For all the other people out there as a parent i would put my child in a real tank so they would come home safe every day.I am so glad the world has so many perfect drivers in it ones that never make any mistakes the girl will have to live that moment in time over and over all i can say is praise the lord they all survived
MEEE May 28, 2012 at 02:47 PM
So you are saying who cares if the innicent and ones who drive safe a responsible, as long as the precious child is saved?? Why do parents always think only their child is the one to protect! maybe if the parents make sure the child learns responisblility before letting them drive. My parents made sure I never drove until they were sure I did follow the rules of the road. and if there were three other peoples children in the other cars, who is right then, they would all be children, and we must save them all. if some irresponible driver kills me, I am going to haunt like you will not believe.
Project Bluebeam May 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Lupe: Where do you get off saying previous generations were 10x worse? These kind of accidents happen with a much higher frequency today then back in the 50's, 60's, 70's, & 80's. Take your blinders off.
careless fills May 28, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Where I come from, we call this a wreck. All accidents are wrecks, many wrecks are not accidents.
Technokat June 19, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I remember never getting out when school let out b/c I was involved in activities. I think those kinds of things saved me from getting into trouble.


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