UPDATE: Victim Identified In Route 36 Fatal Car Accident

The 27-year old from Matawan was a massage therapist at Hand & Stone Spa in Aberdeen.

Updated Nov. 21: The victim in Monday's fatal car accident on Route 36 was Ashley Rodrigues, 27, of Matawan, according to Hazlet Police.

Rodrigues was born in Red Bank and lived in Keansburg for most of her life. She was employed by Hand & Stone Spa of Aberdeen. 

Surviving are her mother, Toby Walsh; her father Robert Rodrigues; her sister and brother-in-law, Andrea and George Ciubinski; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Kerri Rodrigues; brother, Justin Rodrigues and his companion Desirai Kuczynski; her beloved nephew, Justin Rodrigues, Jr.; her grandfather, John A. Rodrigues; her aunts, uncles, and cousins and her many friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 23, 2012, from 4 to 8 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 10 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Keyport.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, PO Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727

For more information, to send condolences or for directions, please visit www.pflegerfh.com.


Original article published, Nov. 19 at 2:22 pm:

Hazlet Police are investigating a fatal accident at Route 36 and Munro Avenue, also known as Monroe Avenue, around midnight last night. 

According to Lt. Charles McBride, a 27-year old woman from Matawan died at the scene of a single car crash. "Speed was probably a contributing factor," he said in a statement. No criminal activity is suspected, he said. 

The woman was was coming from a residence in Hazlet, traveling north on Route 36, said McBride. 

Judy Kruse, a bartender at the Hiawatha Inn across the street, said they did not hear the crash but were alerted to the accident by all the flashing lights of emergency vehicles outside. Patrons and workers went outside to see, and the sight of the vehicle wedged between the remaining parts of the concrete barrier was shocking, she said.

"It was terrible," she said. "It was a terrible scene."

She described the victim's car as a Mazda.

Kruse said a vehicle traveling southbound appeared to have been impacted by the crash -- "The rear was folded like an accordian," she said -- but the couple walked away from the wreck. 

Chunks of concrete from the crash were found on the patio of the Hiawatha afterwards. 

A lone bouquet of flowers in cellophane rested on the barrier Monday afternoon.

The investigation is being led by Cpl. MaryAnn Smith. Anyone with information may call Hazlet Police at 732-264-6565. 

Lauraine November 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
My condolences to the family..just a tragedy..rest in peace Ashly!
BEACHAHOLIC November 20, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I'm with you Barb. Our prayers are with all involved.
JM Egan November 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Ashley was a sweet, warm, caring young woman. And although I only knew her for a short while her loss is greatly felt. I pray for her family during this tragically difficult time.
LeeLee424 November 21, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I worked with Ashley for 3 years and she was an amazing person. She was so honest and real. She will truly be missed and my thoughts go out to her family during this time.
Deanne November 23, 2012 at 03:40 AM
God bless Ashey and may her family receive support and love during this sad time.


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