St. Justin the Martyr Parish in Toms River has been deemed unsafe following a Thursday morning accident.
Toms River Township Police released a statement on Thursday afternoon regarding the accident.
Through their preliminary investigation, Toms River Police said that they responded to the church on Fischer Boulevard Thursday morning around 10:25 am along with EMS Units.
Police learned from the driver, 86-year-old Frances Baranowski of Brick Township, that she said she was trying to pull out of her parking space when “her foot became stuck on the gas pedal and behind the brake pedal, causing her vehicle to accelerate forward, hit the curb, and become airborne before colliding with the building.”
The vehicle crashed into the front of the church just to the left of the stained glass window where the narthex is located next to the candle room at St. Justin The Martyr Parish that broke through the brick wall and left a hole in the building.
There have been repair crews on site at the church on Thursday afternoon working to address the damage left behind by the car crash this morning.
Toms River Police said that the vehicle involved sustained moderate damage to the front end, but the driver refused medical treatment at the scene.
As for the church, it has been deemed unsafe to access by the Toms River Township Building Department due to sustaining considerable damage to the structure from the crash.
Toms River Police said that the Thursday morning accident at St. Justin The Martyr Parish is being investigated by TPRD Officer Will Resetar.