- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

PINE BEACH, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey police officer injured when a car crashed into a parked cruiser during a motor vehicle stop is now out of the hospital.

Pine Beach officer Jesse Urban suffered two broken ribs in Friday night’s accident, along with lacerations to his head and face. But Ocean County prosecutors tell the Asbury Park Press (https://on.app.com/1jHkhHs) that he was released from the hospital Saturday night and is now recuperating at home.

Another Pine Beach officer hurt in the accident, Robert King, was treated for undisclosed injuries and released earlier Saturday.

Authorities said the accident occurred around 11:35 p.m. Friday, shortly after Urban had stopped a car on a Route 9. King soon arrived at the scene to assist and parked his cruiser behind Urban’s vehicle.

A short time later, a sport utility vehicle driven by 43-year-old Jeffrey Carstens of Belmar entered the shoulder and struck King’s cruiser, pushing it into Urban’s vehicle. King was in his cruiser at the time, while Urban was outside his and was thrown about 20 feet by the impact.

Carstens’ car eventually struck a utility pole, injuring him and his passenger, 38-year-old Marie Moss. They were both treated at a hospital for head and face lacerations.

The car that Urban had stopped was not involved in the accident, and no one in that vehicle was injured.

Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said Carstens and Moss had left a wedding reception in nearby Berkeley Township shortly before the crash occurred.

Della Fave said charges are pending in the accident, but the investigation is ongoing.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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