A teenager is recovering in an area hospital after being struck by a distracted driver this afternoon in Brick, police say.
According to a release from the Brick Township Police Department, officers responded to the intersection of Sally Ike Road and Lanes Mill Road near Brick Memorial High School at 12:43 p.m. on a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.
An investigation by Ofc. Geskey found that Vicki Asaro of Brick struck a 16-year-old female that was walking on a sidewalk near the intersection.
Asaro, police say, was in the process of making a right turn onto Lanes Mill Road when she was distracted by her cell phone.
“When she looked down at her cell phone, she impacted the curb and struck a street sign,” said Sgt. Neal Pedersen. “After striking the street sign, she continued and struck the juvenile, who was walking on the sidewalk.”
The teenager suffered a leg injury after being “thrown several feet,” Pedersen said, adding that she was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
Asaro was issued a summons for careless driving and operating a vehicle while using her cell phone, Pedersen said.