DPW official hurt in crash

Staff Writer

By Kathy Baratta

HOWELL — A motor vehicle collision that occurred at 1 p.m. July 12 left Ted Shostak, the town’s assistant director of public works, hospitalized.

According to Howell Police Traffic Safety Unit officer Patrolman Joseph Fiore and a written press release, Shostak, 50, was driving a township-owned truck on Maxim-Southard Road approaching the intersection at Oak Glen Road. Shostak was accompanied by township employee Michael D’Amore, 36.

Police said Shostak’s vehicle collided at the intersection with a 2001 Lincoln Town Car being driven by Walter Clark, 74, of Bradley Beach. Shostak’s vehicle overturned.

Fiore said Clark’s vehicle, which is registered to a real estate company, was also occupied by a passenger, Nora Barker, 46, of Asbury Park.

At the time of his initial report, Fiore said it was not known whether Clark, who had the stop sign, had stopped. The officer said all four individuals had to be cut out of their vehicles.

According to Fiore, the accident is under investigation, and it could be weeks until a determination of fault is made and charges possibly brought against one or both drivers.

All four people involved in the crash were transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. Shostak was treated for a lacerated arm and lacerated knee; Clark was treated for chest pains; and D’Amore was treated for a cut on his leg. All three remained in the hospital listed in good condition the day following the accident.

Barker was treated at the hospital and released on the day of the incident.

Clark was discharged from the hospital on July 13 and D’Amore was discharged on July 15. According to a hospital spokeswoman, Shostak remained in the hospital in satisfactory condition as of Monday.