BRIELLE, NJ – A 77-year-old woman died Sunday night when she crashed her SUV into the Manasquan River near Bogan’s Basin Deep Sea Fishing Center.
The Asbury Park Press reports that Brielle police responded to reports of a black Toyota Highlander submerged in the Manasquan River under the Route 35 bridge at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Police Chief Gary Olsen said the 77-year-old female motorist had driven down to the docks intentionally, but had lost control of her vehicle and become submerged. Changing tides trapped the SUV against a bulkhead, preventing it from slipping further into the river.
It took police several hours to extract the woman, who was pronounced dead after arrival at Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center.
Tony Bogan, part-owner of Bogan’s Basin Deep Sea Fishing Center, said he believed heavy rains and poor visibility played a part in both the initial crash and the difficulty of the attempted rescue.
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