A 21-year-old Somers Point man reportedly was carrying too much speed through a narrow stretch of Route 9 last Thursday. The driver lost control of his car and crashed into multiple objects along the road before slamming into a popular Jersey Shore bar minutes before 1 a.m. The New Jersey car accident claimed the life of one and severely injured two others.
Police say the car first hit a fire hydrant. The hydrant reportedly was dislodged from the impact and sent flying through the air at least 30 feet, where the hydrant struck a pedestrian in the head. The car careened off a utility pole before crashing through the front door of the popular nightspot where roughly 100 patrons were in attendance. Patrons inside the tavern said the impact sounded like a bomb going off. None of the patrons inside the bar were injured, according to police.
A 33-year-old Somers Point man was a passenger in the vehicle. Authorities say the passenger suffered multiple traumatic injuries in the crash. The passenger reportedly sustained extensive injuries to his head and suffered multiple facial fractures in the wreck. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The pedestrian also suffered head injuries. The fire hydrant collided with the pedestrian who reportedly was standing outside the tavern at the time of the crash. The 26-year-old Northfield man was flown to AtlantiCare Regional where he was admitted in critical condition. The 21-year-old driver suffered serious injuries in the crash as well. He was flown to the hospital for treatment.