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Pedestrian Killed in Route 88 Accident

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)
Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

A pedestrian was struck and killed in an accident that occurred Christmas Eve night on Route 88, police said Tuesday morning.

The announcement was delayed so family members could be notified of the death of Michael Cappello, 41, of Lakewood, Brick Police Sgt. Scott Dierking said. The accident occurred near the intersection of Route 88 and Old Squan Road.

Cappello was struck in the lane of traffic by a 2003 Ford Escape being driven by Frank Moro, 26, of Brick, according to police. An investigation showed Moro was not using his phone and was not speeding at the time. No summonses have been issued.


Moro, as well as witnesses, stopped to render aid to Cappello and called 911. Brick Township Police Emergency Medical Services along with MONOC paramedics responded to transport the pedestrian to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he succumbed to head and internal injuries.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Brick PD Traffic Safety Unit at 732-262-1140.

  • Cayde

    Dangerous road to walk along after dark.

    • KaayC

      Yes! One would not expect pedestrian traffic, but it seems to be a reality these days and a warning to us all to drive cautiously. That road is overcrowded now because of Midstreams bridge closing. People get tired of negotiating continual traffic snarls. No reflection on this incident.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    Accidents involving injuries and especially fatalities are always sad news. Our roads were designed with only the motoring public in mind. In most places and many intersections, there is no safe place for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel and/or cross. Only a few intersections have “WALK/DON’T WALK ” signage. I believe that makes a difference at least sometimes. I dread crossing highways, mainly because I see so many drivers distracted with their phones. I’ve seen people blow through traffic signals.

  • Surfrider

    Just surprised there are not more of these accidents…thank God….the roads in most southern NJ towns just never got developed the way the north did with curbing segregating sidewalk and road, and all the many areas where it is dangerous to walk. People need to slow down and pay more attention in general, not that this has anything to do with this incident. Mantoloking Road is another example of some spots where it is very dangerous to walk…..

  • Nan

    Are those who have commented residents of Brick? If yes, were you are the meeting held a few weeks back in Civic Plaza regarding making roads more pedestrian friendly?

    Despite reports of a huge turnout the number of residents were arguably not more than the number of gov representatives. I think there were 4 or more from the Dept of Community Affairs (DCA). Then there were two Council members, and two from Brick Planning Dept and of course Brick engineer.

    The lead of DCA made it clear they were there in an advisory role. He indicated to me that the Councilwoman, Heather DeJong was the person he interacted with.

    I am very familiar with this insertion because I am an active member of St Dominic’s which sits in the triangle of Van Zile, Rt 88 and Old Squan. The entire stretch of Rt 88 is extremely dangerous due to narrow roadway. Much of the roadway is single lane of travel and in huge expands no shoulder, There is a law to move over for stopped Police vehicle. It is likely a miracle that the driver and compassionate witness were not added to the toll due to poor road design. At dusk today I will check how much of the roadway is illuminated. I know due to old streetlamp and bulbs it is not enough. Curvature of road another problem.

    Start checking up on just how much follow through is done by DCA, and the Township about making all of Bricks roadways safer for drivers and pedestrians. The roads belong to US and WE are kept out of the LOOP.