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WALL — A detective with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was at fault in a head-on motor-vehicle accident in the township but was not issued a summons, according to a township Police Department report on the accident.
According to the police report, the detective, James Powers, 40 of Manasquan, was driving a black 2010 Jeep Cherokee owned by Monmouth County on Ramshorn Drive on the night of Dec. 23 when his vehicle collided head on with another driven by Joan Mariani, 51, of Wall. The report indicated that Powers was at fault when he took a curve in the road too fast, causing the vehicle to enter the opposite lane of travel and crashed into Mariani. The accident occurred at 10:32 p.m. near the intersection of Paynters Road, according to the report.
Passengers in the car with Powers included Riley Powers, 11, Tanner Powers, 11, and Devaney Powers, 5, according to the accident report. There were no passengers with Mariani, who was driving a 2010 Lexus.
Lt. Walter Pomphrey of the Wall Police Department said no summonses were issued in the accident, which was investigated by Patrolman Emmett Idzahl. Pomphrey said officers at the scene have discretion on whether to issue a summons. He said Mariani suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.
First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni confirmed that Powers was a detective in the county department.
When reached for an interview Mariani said she was advised by her attorney to not make any public comments regarding the accident.
According to state pension information Powers received a salary of $117,328 in 2010.
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