Man killed in Toms River crash Tuesday afternoon

     James Hoffman, 60, of Toms River was killed in a two-vehicle crash in the township Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Toms River Police Department)

    James Hoffman, 60, of Toms River was killed in a two-vehicle crash in the township Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Toms River Police Department)

    A man was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Toms River Tuesday afternoon.

    James Hoffman, 60, of Toms River was operating a 1998 Toyota Camry southbound on Old Freehold Road when his vehicle drifted over the center yellow lines, said Ralph Stocco, spokesman for the Toms River Police Department, in a release. 

    A 2006 Volvo flatbed truck, owned by Woodhaven Lumber and operated by John Bullin, 59, of Bayville, was traveling northbound on Old Freehold Road, according to Stocco.

    Bullin subsequently braked and swerved to the right when he saw the Toyota approaching in the wrong lane and was then struck head on, Stocco added. 

    Hoffman was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash that occurred shortly after 2:00 p.m just south of Whitty Road, according to Stocco.

    Old Freehold Road was closed for several hours following the collision. 

    Toms River Traffic Safety Corporal Frank Palin and Traffic Safety Officer Mark Nater, with the assistance of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Michael Proto and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Unit, are investigating the crash.

    The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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