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Details Emerge in Death of Red Bank Woman in Middletown

On Oct. 1, Janet Ramos Morales died in the Bank of America parking lot on Route 35 South.

Middletown police have released a report that gives more information about how a 27-year old Red Bank woman was killed in the Middletown Bank of America parking lot, at Route 35 and Navesink River Road, on Oct. 1. 

According to the investigation report, Janet Ramos Morales of Herbert Street, an unlicensed driver, was operating a 2002 Ford Explorer SUV when she pulled into the parking lot from the Route 35 South entrance.

In attempting to make a left hand turn into an angled parking stall in the rear, police believe she was driving too fast and wound up side-swiping the passenger side of an unoccupied Toyota Tundra pick-up, and vaulting over the curb. 

Her husband Angel Rojas Faustino, 34, was a passenger in the Ford Explorer, as was their 3-year old child. After she exited the vehicle he, a driver with a Maryland driver's license, backed the SUV out. In doing so, the right rear end of the SUV hit Ramos Morales in the parking lot.

Ramos Morales was treated at the scene by MONOC paramedics and the Leonardo First Aid Squad. She was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 2:24 p.m.

The SUV, registered to a Long Branch owner not at the scene, was impounded. 

A toxicology test was given to Faustino, and the investigation is continuing, according to the report. No charges have yet been filed. 

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