Driver Looks for Purse, Hits Pole, Cops Say

Power outages affecting a handful of Hackettstown residents, JCP&L says.

A road was closed and power is was out after a car struck a utility pole in Hackettstown around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.

No one was injured in the accident on Grand Avenue, Hackettstown Police Det. Darren Tynan said.

The driver, Joan Gallagher, 78 of Independence Township, said she looked down at her purse momentarily and swerved into the pole, Tynan said.

The power outage is affected approximately five people according to Jersey Central Power & Light’s outage map. Electricity was restored less than three hours later. 

Grand Avenue was shut down between Madison Street and Monroe Street as live wires were on the roadway. Detours around the area lasted until approximately 3:25 p.m.

Hackettstown Police, Hackettstown First Aid, Hackettstown Fire, and Hackettstown Department of Public Works assisted at the scene. 

No charges were filed against Gallagher, Tynan said.

Denobin September 27, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Why were no charges filed? If it were a 20 year old, I can guarantee that a distracted/careless driving summons would have been issued at the very least. Everyone who lives in Hackettstown should clip this article when they plead their ticket in muni court there.
Jason Koestenblatt October 05, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Thanks for the comment, Denobin.
Jon October 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Headline says "Driver looks for purse". Article says "she looked down at her purse momentarily". Looking for the purse means she didn't know where it was. Looking down at it means she knows where it was, a subtle but significant difference. For example, was she distraught and looking for her purse because she thought she lost it? Or was she distracted because she was looking at her purse to read a text message that had just arrived on her cell phone that was sitting in the purse. (These are hypothetical examples.) Regardless, the important takeaway here for everyone is this: No matter what your age or driving skill level, if you become distracted even for a split second while driving, your car will still continue along the path determined by the position of your steering wheel, and if the road isn't perfectly straight and empty, then that path could contain another vehicle, a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist, guard rail, tree, utility pole, child running after a ball, or any of an infinite number of other things that could really ruin your day, if not ruin the rest of your days on earth, and could easily ruin or end someone else's life as well. Please, please, PLEASE: When you are driving, JUST DRIVE. That reminds me of a zen proverb about focusing on the task at hand, i.e. paying attention to what you are doing, and nothing else: "When walking, walk. When sitting, sit. Most of all, don't wobble."
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