Driver Practicing 'Deep Breathing Techniques' Blacks Out, Crashes Head-On In Ocean County

Police in Ocean County say a driver was practicing "deep breathing techniques" just before crossing into the wrong lane of traffic in Toms River and crashing head-on into another car, injuring three people.

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The collision occurred at 4:55 p.m. Saturday near Hooper Avenue and Washington Street, Toms River police said.

Thomas P. Zimmerman, 19, of Brick told police he was driving south on Hooper when he crossed the double-yellow lines and crashed into an oncoming car, police said.

Zimmerman, who was not charged, told Toms River police he was practicing "deep-breathing techniques and may have ‘blacked out’ prior to the crash,” police said. “There was no indication of impairment or cell phone use.”

A rear passenger in the other car who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Two others were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The crash remains under investigation by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer P.J. Gambardella and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit.

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