ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - On Friday, September 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm the Atlantic Highlands Police Department received a call for a motor vehicle crash at First Avenue and Route 36. There were reported injuries and one of the vehicles was reported to have crashed into the Valley National Bank. Responding officers Chief Jerry Vasto, Detective Sergeant Thomas Stone, Sergeant Brian Phair, Sergeant Scott Reinert and Patrolman Travis Sodon arrived on scene and found one vehicle in the far right lane of Route 36 Eastbound with heavy rear end damage and the other vehicle off the road against the North side of Valley National Bank with heavy front end damage. Officers quickly secured the scene and then attended to the people involved in the crash with the assistance of the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department, Atlantic Highlands First Aid, Atlantic Highlands Fire Police and the Middletown Police.
During the investigation of the crash it was determined that there were three vehicles involved in the crash. Two of the vehicles were occupied and one was parked in the Bayshore Plaza parking lot. Mary Ryan, 54 of Highlands, NJ was traveling East on Route 36 in the far right lane with her mother, Dolores Delaney, 82, of North Bergen, NJ who was in the front passenger seat. John Shanahan, 35 of Atlantic Highlands, NJ was traveling East in the middle lane approaching Ryan’s vehicle from behind. Shanahan crashed into the right rear corner of Ryan’s vehicle causing heavy damage to both vehicles. After the initial impact Ryan’s vehicle maintained its lane and traveled straight for several hundred feet before coming to a stop just before the First Avenue intersection. The impact caused the right front tire of Shanahan’s vehicle to come off and it crashed into the back of a parked vehicle in the Bayshore Plaza parking lot. Shanahan’s vehicle then passed Ryan’s vehicle and swerved into the fast lane. After several hundred feet Shanahan’s vehicle then swerved back across all three lanes and ran off the road and crashed into the North side of Valley National Bank.
Mary Ryan was treated at the scene by the Atlantic Highlands First Aid and she signed off stating she did not want medical attention. Dolores Delaney was transported to Riverview Medical Center by the Atlantic Highlands First Aid where she was treated for minor injuries and released later that day. John Shanahan was arrested for DWI and was transported to Riverview Medical Center by the Atlantic Highlands First Aid where he was treated for his injuries. Shanahan was in the custody of Sgt. Scott Rinert while at the hospital until Sgt. Rinert's DWI investigation was completed. Shanahan was released from the hospital later that night.