SPRING LAKE — Laurie Tobia, 25, of Lake Como, was fatally struck by an NJ Transit train last night near a crossing at Wall Road in Spring Lake.
Ms. Tobia was hit by North Jersey Coast Line Train 4375 at approximately 8:25 p.m. in the vicinity of Wall Road crossing, according to NJ Transit officials. The railroad tracks in this area are on the border between Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights.
Ms. Tobia was a local artist creating galleries and murals around New Jersey.
A friend of Ms. Tobia, Barry Petersen, owner of Coffee Surf Co., where Ms. Tobia had painted murals and designs, said the community will miss her.
“She was super awesome and she always had a smile on her face,” he said. “She always wanted to make people happy.”
Ms. Tobia also painted murals at places like Playa Bowls and Coney Waffle in Belmar as well as a mural at the Belmar Train Station, a collaboration with the Belmar Arts Council.
“She was a big part of our community with her art and murals,” said Mr. Petersen. “She’s going to be missed greatly.”
According to NJ Transit, NJ Coast Line Train 4375 was running as the 8 p.m. rail shuttle from Long Branch to Bay Head.
North Jersey Coast Line service was suspended in both directions between Belmar and Bay Head before resuming at approximately 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night.
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