A 55-year-old man from Linden suffered a medical emergency that sent him through the fence at Tuscan and Valley and into the Maplewood Country Club property on Saturday, August 25.
The driver also ran over a traffic sign (see above).
No pedestrians or other motor vehicles were involved in the accident, which took place shortly before 11 p.m.
A Maplewood police officer observed the entire accident as he was seated in his vehicle waiting for the light to change in the southbound lane of Valley Street.
As he waited, the officer saw a white Hyundai Sonata travel down Tuscan toward Valley and drive directly through the intersection and into the traffic sign as well as the exterior chain link fence, ultimately coming to rest inside the Maplewood County Club golf course between two trees located behind the fence.
When police officers moved to assist the driver they found him to be “incoherent and disoriented.” According to the police report, “due to the location of the vehicle the driver was removed via the passenger side door by the Maplewood Fire Department.” The driver was transported to St. Barnabas for evaluation and the vehicle was towed.
Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul reported that the driver was not issued any summons as the accident appeared to be medically related. The Chief confirmed that the driver has since been released from St. Barnabas Medical Center.