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Toms River Woman, 56, Killed in Parkway Crash

Awaiting details on morning accident

A Toms River woman, the sole occupant of a blue Hyundai Santa Fe that went off the roadway of the northbound Garden State Parkway Tuesday morning, died from her injuries, state police said.

Claire Baier, 56, was declared deceased at the scene, police said.

There were some witnesses to the accident, who told police the vehicle "slowly drifted off the roadway," said State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones.

The vehicle hit a guard rail before it flipped over into a wooded area, Jones said.

Residual traffic delays from the 8:30 a.m. accident lasted through into the afternoon.

Rachel Tomasi July 19, 2012 at 01:43 AM
We ran late and were on that stretch around 1130 ish and traffic was backed up to the point we got off and picked the gsp up further down. At the time I was just worried about running late. Now I'm just so sorry to hear of this. Definitely sounds completely non speed related and while I agree it's to the point those of us who prefer to sick to 55 are not safe at this point, it amazes me people decide to debate this on the article about a woman's death; someone's mom maybe and sister and friend!! To those who knew this lady, you have my sincere sympathies.
Hector Logan July 19, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Facts and accuracy need not apply.
Joseph Emerson July 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Just say a prayer
True Friend July 20, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Claire was my beloved friend. I will truly miss her presence. She was one of the sweetest people you could ever know. Would do anything for anyone. Rest in peace my friend. I will never forget you.
Mr X July 30, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Your so-called "free-stretch" of the Parkway is south of the Toms River tolls and continues for a few miles (and then there's the one up in Union County). Moreover, it's not where the accident happened. Also, the free-stretch may not even be Parkway, it may be Route 9 or a Route 9-Parkway overlay, and its maintained by the NJDOT Where the accident happened is a part of the Parkway where the shoulders were narrowed or eliminated and the lanes were also narrowed to created an additional traffic lane, that's why the speed limit was reduced to 55 MPH. If you remember, the Parkway said (at the time lanes were narrowed years ago) that it sw no hazard increase because of the narrowing of the lanews, but that proved wrong and the speed limit was reduced. It's about time the Parkway improved the road with all the excessive tolls it collects! By the way, the woman could have fallen asleep. Whether of not she was speeding can be determined from the computer the vehicles probably had in it if the vehicle was new enough to be so equiped.

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