On Saturday December 12, 2015, at approximately 8:59 pm, Berkeley Police responded to the area of Rt.9 and Frederick Drive for a report of two pedestrians struck. The investigation by Berkeley PD, with assistance from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, found that a 2009 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Alexander Aguilar, 22, of Bayville, NJ was traveling south on Rt. 9 when he approached Frederick Drive and struck two pedestrians near the centerline of the roadway. Denise Iesals, 49, of Bayville and Nelson Negron Jr., 51, of Little Egg Harbor were attempting to cross Rt. 9 from Frederick Drive in an eastern direction within the designated crosswalk when they were both struck by the Sonata in the southbound lane.

Iesals sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced at the scene at 9:18 pm. Negron was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. Aguilar was transported to Community Medical Center where he consented to providing a blood sample for later testing.

Aguilar was working for Domino’s Pizza and was returning from a delivery he had just made when the crash occurred. Aguilar did not sustain any injuries from the crash and showed no visual signs of impairment. A consent was given by the driver to look through his cell phone for any use prior to the crash. Those results came back negative.

Preliminarily it appears that Aguilar was distracted just prior to the crash and as per the state motor vehicle code, failed to stop for pedestrians while crossing within a designated crosswalk.

Criminal charges may be pending the blood results and a full review of the accident investigation facts by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

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