Porsche goes airborne into second story: 2 men dead in New Jersey crash
“How did this happen?”: 2 killed in sports car that crashed into building’s 2nd story
Police released the identities of the two men who died after the red Porsche they were riding in went airborne into a second story real estate office in New Jersey early Sunday.
Braden DeMartin, 22, and Daniel Foley, 23, both of Toms River, were deceased when emergency units arrived on scene, police said.
Police said the sports car driven by DeMartin was traveling at a high rate of speed when the vehicle lost control, hit the median and went airborne into the second story of EXIT Realty Elite. The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.
The red Porsche Boxster was clearly visible upside down in the second story office building. There was a gaping hole in the brick building with debris scattered on top of the car. Toms River building inspector John Gerrity deemed the building unsafe, police said.
The road was closed for roughly seven hours between 6:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., police said. The accident remains under investigation by Toms River traffic safety officers.
Two men were killed Sunday morning when a vehicle crashed into the second floor of an unoccupied New Jersey building. Firefighters and other responders pushed out bricks to widen an opening left by an out-of-control sports car that crashed through the Toms River building’s second-story exterior wall, landing upside down
Police said DeMartin was driving northbound on Hooper Avenue at an extremely high rate of speed with Foley in the passenger seat.
The skid marks show where the Porsche Boxster crossed over the southbound lanes, bouncing as it hit a ditch leading up to the two-story building at 1466 Hooper, where signs out front advertise a real estate firm and a counseling services company, among others.
“The skid marks are really close together. Then over here they’re wider, so must’ve been on its side. It hit the curb, started tumbling, then hit the gully and launched him up into the inside,” resident Walter Lucas said.
Police said it was around 6:30 a.m. Sunday when the car and bodies were found. A crane lifted the car out at around noon. After it was towed away, investigators remained on the scene for several more hours.
A pair of officers were seen taking measurements of the dirt pile, which appeared to serve as a launching pad that propelled the car up and into the second story, Carlin reported.
“Really … breaks your heart. It really does,” Coakley said.
Among the people gathered to watch the car’s extraction from the building were friends of the victims.
“Same intermediate, same high school,” said Angel Torres, a former classmate of DeMartin. “I definitely know him, great kid.”
Residents said the tight-knit community will rally to support the victims’ families and react to this tragedy with a message to all to drive carefully and responsibly.
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