TOMS RIVER, NJ – A car flipped over in front of Pices Seafood on Route 37 Saturday evening and the driver claims another vehicle drove him off the road.
According to police, on Saturday November 28, at 5:53 PM, police were dispatched to 3400 Route 37 for a serious motor vehicle accident. Gabriel S. Frigerio 3rd, 38 of Toms River, was traveling westbound on Route 37 approaching Pisces Restaurant when his vehicle went off the road to the right, striking a curb then a large decorative cleat at the base of the driveway to Pisces Restaurant.
After striking the cleat, the vehicle then flipped onto its roof, slide across the driveway and struck the opposite curb which caused the vehicle to flip back onto its wheels. The vehicle then struck another large, decorative chain in the parking lot of Pisces before coming to rest. During the crash, Mr. Frigerio sustained serious injury to his left arm and was partially amputated. Officer Scott Devecka and Officer Brian Elwood were the first officers on scene.
They observed the driver was alert and conscious, but entrapped in the vehicle. Officers Devecka and Elwood were able to pull Mr. Frigerio out of the vehicle through the back door and Officer Devecka immediately applied a tourniquet to Mr. Frigerio’s arm in order to stop the excessive bleeding.
Mr. Frigerio stated that he was cut off by an unknown vehicle which caused him to veer off the roadway. He was properly wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. There is currently no evidence to suggest that Mr. Frigerio was under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substance or that he was operating the vehicle while using a cell phone.
Due to his severe injuries, Mr. Frigerio was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment of his injuries and is listed in stable condition.
Ocean County Sheriff’s Office CSI also responded to the scene. The crash remains under investigation by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer PJ Gambardella.