Baby Killed in Route 206 Chester Crash

Expectant mother was one of two taken to the hospital after driver allegedly crossed double yellow line on road.

An expectant mother lost her baby after she was struck while driving on Route 206 in Chester Township Tuesday afternoon, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

The baby was pronounced dead after the mother was transported to the hospital following the crash that also injured the driver of a second vehicle, Jason Mooney.

According to a release sent by the prosecutor's office Wednesday, Mooney, 40, of Flanders, was driving a 2012 Chevy Express van when he crashed into the 39-year-old Hackettstown mother's Lincoln Navigator around 4 p.m. after crossing the double yellow line close to the intersection of Route 206 and Cooper Lane.

Mooney had to be extricated from his car and flown to Morristown Medical Center by helicopter as the woman was transported to the hospital by the Chester First Aid Squad. Route 206 was closed for about two hours.

Chester Township police and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office are continuing their investigation of the crash. Anyone with information should contact Lt. Stephen Wilson of the Morris County Prosecutors Office at 973-285-6212 or Lt. Thomas Williver of the Chester Township Police Department at 908-879-5514 extension 835.

Mark Lipinski February 14, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Since moving to the area (Long Valley) almost 10 years ago, I am CONSTANTLY AMAZED at how often drivers insist on driving on MY side of the double yellow lines. I have never experienced that kind of passive "lane drifting" in any other area of the country where I have lived -- but it seems to be an accepted, dangerous habit around here, and it's not all texting and cellphones -- just narcissistic carelessness. It's frightening.
mrwilson February 14, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I'm confused by the headline. A baby is an infant, a term after being born.
Henry Krinkle February 14, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Correct on all counts. Welcome to the nightmare that driving in NJ has become. You risk your life every time you get behind the wheel here.
Angelo February 14, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Consideration should be given to installing HIGH ACCIDENT ZONE signs on this section of Route 206. There was an interesting discussion in another town's Patch about truck traffic on Route 206 between Rt 78 and 80. It went something along the lines of trucks (was it interstate trucks can not use Route 206?) unelss they originated in NJ. I probably don't have that right. But, the writer also pointed out that trucks that originate from a Route 206 location (example given was Toy R US) are supposed to proceed to the nearest Interstate highway.....which would be Route 80 in that case but they leave to the south to 78. That writer claimed that the local police refused to enforce the law. Perhaps the editiors of Patch can shed some light on exactly what are the laws regarding truck usage on Route 206.
Roy O'Connors February 15, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Folks on this site really need to sensationalize it, I've found.
Patty Haag February 15, 2013 at 05:56 PM
But Not Domino...how come it is a fetus and NOT a baby on abortion issues?
Patty Haag February 15, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Such a tragic loss....my sympathies to the mother and her family. So sad.
Suburbanites February 15, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Very sad story, my heart melts for this mother and her family, god bless.
Anthony Sposaro February 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM
He was not on the phone. the phone was checked at the scene.
Karen Ferry- Ferrone February 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM
@Patty Haag, wrong time and place to debate the abortion issue.
Mark Lipinski February 16, 2013 at 01:10 PM
For what it's worth, I also found the word "baby" headline to be absolutely misleading. And it is not about "debating the abortion issue," it's about accurate, concise reporting.
jazzman February 16, 2013 at 01:22 PM
,just because the phone was checked at the scene and im questioning what that even means,doesnt mean he wasnt distracted with phone,looking at the phone,reading texts,attempting to make a call or even returning a text all possiblities....trying to make all 4 lanes from 2 lanes to try to solve the problem of tailgating,drivers who just dont pay attention ,with the 4 lanes traffic speeds up and shoulders disappear and drivers are still idiots
Revolution February 16, 2013 at 02:44 PM
How did this guy cross the double line??? People slow down
stacie bohr February 16, 2013 at 08:22 PM
@Mr. Lapinski...I don't recall every saying I was having a fetus...
stacie bohr February 16, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Excuse me....ever saying
Beth February 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM
You are not a newspaper editor. The headline was confusing and misleading.
Hookerman February 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM
'Having a baby' refers to a future event; when you give birth. When you're pregnant, you wouldn't say; "I've had a baby".
stacie bohr February 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Never said I was, Beth but thank you for letting me know what I'm not because I kind of forgot! To each his own. I feel terrible for the woman however you say it.
John Norris February 17, 2013 at 02:02 AM
John Norris February 17, 2013 at 02:05 AM
narcissistic carlessness?.. ha ha ha ha ha ha now theres a new one..
BobCat February 17, 2013 at 01:20 PM
God people, do you treat strangers you meet out in the world with such venom? The fighting in the comments of every post are just pathetic. Treat each other with respect and dignity please.
stacie bohr February 17, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Hook...I like you a lot but I beg to differ. From day one that I learned I was pregnant with all four of mine....I was having a baby. When I gave birth...I had a baby. What would you say? I don't even understand why the title of the article is an issue. It is horrible but people have to make something out of nothing (I'm not trying to be snarky toward you)...the wrong word was used in some people's opinion. No one was trying to mislead anyone and the Patch was just sharing a horrific story as every journalist does....the good and the bad.
Phantom February 17, 2013 at 09:03 PM
This is not the article to discuss abortion topics or when a baby can be called a baby. I too feel horrible for this expectant mother for the loss of her baby. It's just heart wrenching. Something needs to be done about 206 in Chester. I've lived in this NW NJ for 4 years now and traveling on 206 I am constantly seeing accidents and cars drifting over the double yellow lines, and its always in Chester. Not to say accidents haven't happened on other parts of 206, but I've personally been witness to 2 accidents as they happened and 1 almost accident that almost happened to me because as I was driving northbound the car in the southbound lanes swerved over the lines. Guess we woke him up after honking and he quickly straightened himself out but it was thisclose. And where was it? In Chester. I don't understand what is wrong w/ people cant get their shit together while driving, whether in Chester or anywhere for that matter.
Jimmy J February 18, 2013 at 04:46 AM
He was clearly text messaging or reading text. I see it all the time on the road. They should come up with a jamming device in cars to end text messaging while in transit.. How many more accidents do we have to see? Think texting while driving is worse than drinking and driving. Its like driving blindfolded..
Susan Bond February 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM
I have experienced 2 near misses in the last 1 1/2 weeks. Once in my personal vehicle that scared my 10 year-old enough to have a nightmare that night, and one in a school bus... fortunately no children were aboard. Inattentive drivers are the problem, 100%
resident of Rt 206 February 18, 2013 at 01:21 PM
That part of Rt 206 is residential. A flashing light should be by Copper lane and other small streets that enter onto Rt 206. Lower speed limit again a residential section. AND NO TRUCK Allowed!
Karl February 18, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Look how upset the lefties get over this child being called a baby.
Lori February 18, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I agree, 'baby' is very misleading. They should have said either fetus or 'unborn baby'. To just say baby makes one believe it was an infant outside of her womb. Not that it would be any more or less sad, it's tragic.
Arlene M. Baladi February 18, 2013 at 03:40 PM
RIP unborn child...you never had a chance to enter this world...fly with wings towards your next lifetime!
JD February 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Regardless if the baby was born or unborn, it still had a heart that was beating and it was living one way or the other, now the mother is heartbroken. Get over the way the article was presented.


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