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Middletown Police Cite Contributing Factors in Swartzel Drive Car Accident

A 21-year old was transported to the hospital after the single-car crash, late on Jan. 31.

Speed was a factor in a single-car accident that occured around 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 off Swartzel Drive in Middletown, according to a crash investigation report by the Middletown Police.  

Police issued a careless driving summons to Tara Nesbinal, 21, of Kevan Place in Middletown. She had to be extricated from the car by Middletown Township First Aid & Rescue Squad and Fairview First Aid Squad of Middletown, assisted by Belford Engine Fire Company and Belford Independent Fire Company. MONOC paramedics also responded.

Nesbihal was transported by NorthSTAR medevac from nearby Middletown High School North to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center trauma center following the crash. Her condition was not made public. 

In the report released last week by police, police state Nesbihal was driving a 2008 Pontiac four door car northbound on Swartzel Drive in the direction towards the high school. The posted speed limit there is 35 mph. 

At some point she crossed into the oncoming traffic lane, and in an attempt to compensate police say she lost control of the vehicle and slid counterclockwise striking the curb, which caused the vehicle to cantilever onto its left side and strike a tree. 

The vehicle then spun counter clockwise and became airborne, striking the second tree while approximately 6 1/2 feet above ground.  The car then rotated counter clockwise again and fell to the ground at final rest. 

Based on the evidence, investigators in the Traffic Safety Division believe the vehicle was traveling above the posted speed limit and that speed was a contributing factor in the crash. 

Driver inattention was also cited as a contributing factor in the report. 

An alcohol/drug test was not given to Nesbihal, according to the report. 

Nesbinhal told police that she believed low air pressure in the right front tire was a factor, and said she was traveling at around 38 mph. 

Bob A Bouie February 12, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Had to have head down texting. After police perform DWI test, next should be mandatory cell phone calling and texting check. Same penalties as DWI.
christine February 13, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I highly doubt she was going 38 mph for her car to go airborne and look like that when it finally came to a stop!! Sorry but this girl is lucky to be alive and it sounds like she was making a story up as the cops were asking her questions..Not for nothing but that road does have alot of twists and turns but this chick is lying out the side of her face..IMO
Rose Halbert February 13, 2013 at 05:17 PM
She's young, that can be anyone's child. No negatvity please.
Patrick JAmes February 14, 2013 at 02:00 AM
She is 21. She had her license for 4 years. She should know better. Pay the fine. Move on from this incident but learn from it. I explained this to my daughter. Some times we get to learn from our mistakes. Sometimes we don't
Alm February 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM
@ rose .... Yes and she could have killed someone else's innocent child.

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