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Local Woman, 71, Killed in Princeton Avenue Crash

Medical episode may have contributed to fatal accident, police say

A 71-year-old Lakewood woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Friday morning on Princeton Avenue, Brick police said.

Anne Labrutto, 71, was driving her 2009 Kia Spectra westbound on Princeton when she veered off to the right side of the roadway, hitting the curb, said Sgt. Neal Pedersen. The car then left the roadway, striking a fence, which caused it to overturn onto the driver’s side. The car ultimately came to rest on its side in the westbound shoulder of Princeton Avenue, approximately 50 feet east of the intersection with Navajo Trail.

Labrutto was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Pedersen said a preliminary investigation has revealed that the Labrutto may have suffered a medical episode prior to the crash, causing the vehicle to veer off the roadway.

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Brick police, the Laurelton Fire Company, Brick Police EMS and Monoc paramedics responded to the scene, police said. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department processed the scene for the investigation.

Ptl. Jay Lampiasi and Ptl. Scott Dierking of the Brick Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit are investigating the crash. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the crash is being asked to contact the Traffic Safety Unit at 732-262-1140.

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