On Wednesday, May 11th at approximately 8am, Officers responded to the area of New Hampshire Avenue and Swathmore Avenue for a report of a crash involving a 2012 Chrysler 200 and a 2015 Ford Focus resulting in injuries. Upon arrival, they observed one of the vehicles involved was overturned. Both of the drivers involved were treated at the scene and then transported to an area hospitals for further evaluation.
During the crash investigation, it is alleged that one of the drivers showed signs of impairment due to alcohol consumption. Further investigation revealed that the driver was impaired. As a result, Jose Lopez-Serrano, 24 years old from South Street in Lakewood was arrested and charged with the following:
2C:40-22B (Causing serious bodily injury while driving on revoked list), 2C:12-1c(2) (Assault by auto), 39:4-50 (DUI), 39:3-40 (Driving while suspended), 39:6b-2 (Uninsured mv), and 39:3-4 (Unregistered mv).
The crash investigation was handled by Officer Joseph Prebish. He was assisted by Officers Mike Mooney and Edgardo Vega, LPD Traffic/Safety Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Dept CSI, Lakewood EMS and Lakewood Fire Department.