Three People Injured in Thanksgiving Eve Car Accident on Ravine Drive in Matawan

The accident victims were transported to the hospital after the two-vehicle accident, police say.

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle collision on Ravine Drive in Matawan on Thanksgiving eve, according to Sgt. Jeremiah Hourihan.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m., a sedan traveling on Ravine Drive toward the elementary school and a mid-sized SUV traveling on Ravine Drive toward Main Street collided where the road bends in front of Lake Lefferts, Hourihan explained.

It is unclear at this time what caused the collision.

The male driver of the sedan suffered severe injuries and was transported by helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center. The male and female occupants of the SUV suffered less severe injuries and were transported by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

The accident remains under investigation. Ptl. Eric Budelmann is the investigating officer. Ptl. Jonathan Borsari, Ptl. Christopher Stark and Sgt. Jeremiah Hourihan assisted at scene. 

The Matawan Fire Department, Matawan First Aid Squad, Old Bridge EMS and MONOC paramedics also responded to the scene. 

rcclexplorer November 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I drive this road every single day, and people drive like maniacs around this bend. Just a few weeks ago someone pulled out in front of me in the rain like a bat out of hell. Didn't end up good for that person as I saw them loose control of the car and hot the guardrail. Be careful out there. Terrible day for something this to happen, I feel terrible. Instead of a family having a nice Thanksgiving they will spend it in the hospital. I feel horrible for this family.
Anthony T. November 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM
On the rare occasion I travel on Ravine Dr. I've got someone on my rear bumper flashing at me, despite the fact I'm 5mph or so over the limit (and at the limit passing the school). Maybe one day people will realize there is a reason for some of these speed limits. I'm far from a slow driver, but some of these limits exist for other reasons than solely slowing us down on our way from point A to point B. Especially in less than perfect weather as stated by the above post. I hate to say it but there's also the other possibilities that we all know of...
Art Hauss November 27, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I was once pulled over on Ravine drive after making an evasive maneuver to avoid being hit on that exact same curve. The officer behind me, rather than note the speed of the oncoming car, decided that my "erratic driving" (pulling out of a side street onto Ravine) was the problem and decided to pull me over. When I explained that the oncoming car came around the bend at well over 25 mph, he proceeded to "inform" me that the speed limit was 35 mph. SInce I live in the area, I know there are yellow signs posted indicating that particular curve, and that those signs carry a speed limit of 25 mph. It seems that even our own police department is unaware of the danger inherent in that area of the road, and the speed restrictions posted as a result, even though it is less than 300 feet from the police station itself.


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