Police: No charges to be filed against driver in accident that killed Brick teen


BRICK TOWNSHIP — No charges are anticipated in the death of a 15-year old Brick Memorial High School sophomore, according to Brick Township police.

Drew Aponte, of Brick, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Saturday, Aug. 19, while riding his bicycle at the intersection of Route 70 and Burnt Tavern Road.

According to Sgt. Neal Pedersen, of the Brick Township Police Department, no charges are anticipated in the accident. The driver exhibited no signs of intoxication, he added.

According to a press release from the Brick Township Police Department, officers responded to the intersection of Route 70 and Burnt Tavern Road on Saturday, Aug. 19 at approximately 10:45 p.m. for a crash involving a vehicle and a cyclist. 

Drew was traveling on Burnt Tavern Road and crossing the intersection at Burnt Tavern traveling north on his bicycle. As the cyclist entered the west bound lane on Route 70, he was struck by a Subaru Forrester driven by Kathleen Calabro, of Toms River, causing the cyclist to hit the windshield. He was then thrown to the ground and sustained fatal injuries, according to the release. 

The Brick Police Department, EMS and MONOC paramedics responded to the scene but their attempts to revive the cyclist were unsuccessful, according to the release.

The Brick Township School district will offer counseling services for students in response to the accident, according to Interim Superintendent Dennis Filippone, who confirmed the identity of the student.

“It’s certainly tragic,” Mr. Filippone said.

“Our thoughts and our prayers from the whole school community go out to the family and obviously as a school community we’ll do everything we can do to support them through what will be an incredibly difficult time.”

Counseling services were being made available at Brick Memorial High School, Veterans Memorial Middle School and Veterans Memorial Elementary School Monday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Mr. Filippone, counseling is being offered throughout grade levels in order to accommodate family members throughout the district.

At the time of the accident, the intersection at Route 70 and Burnt Tavern Road was closed during the investigation and reopened 1:08 a.m.

The accident is currently under investigation by Brick Township Ptl. Keith Donnelly, Ptl. Scott Dierking and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Fatal Accident Investigation unit.

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

This article was updated on Monday, Aug. 21.