At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015, a car veered off Southwest 14th Street, drove over a frozen pond and up the embankment into the back of one of the Green House Homes that provides skilled nursing care, on Asbury Park’s campus.
One resident was taken to the hospital and died the following day as a result of the injuries from the accident. The driver of the car was also taken to the hospital. No others were injured. The staff immediately evacuated all residents from the house to other skilled nursing areas on campus. Because the damage was confined to only one room, the residents and staff were allowed to return to their rooms in the Green House Home at 1212 South Plum the following day once the room had been secured and deemed safe.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the Elder who lost her life as a result of this unfortunate accident on Saturday evening. We also are praying for the driver of the car and her family for the emotional suffering from this event. We especially want to thank our staff for their bravery in handling the situation in a thoughtful and compassionate way. The Newton local police and local EMS/Fire Department personnel were professional and considerate when on the premises dealing with our tragic event,” said Tom Williams, president and CEO of Asbury Park.
Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Great Plains Episcopal Area shared, “As a member of the Board and strong supporter of Asbury Park, I am grieved at the tragic accident that led to the death of one of our residents. Asbury Park takes great pride in the care we provide to everyone in our community, and we are sorry that this has happened. Our prayers are with the family of the resident who died and with all the persons involved.”
The collision is still under investigation and information will be released as it becomes available from the KBI.
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Asbury Park is a non-profit retirement community that offers caring service to elders with a variety of lifestyles and services, including Independent Living rental cottages, Universally Designed Patio Homes, Rapid Recovery, Assisted Living, Memory Support and 24-hour Skilled Nursing.