Final seconds of fatal Eagleswood crash were at high speed, investigators say
The Wednesday crash in Eagleswood that killed a beloved Southern Regional Schools cafeteria worker, and her father-in-law, occurred under horrific circumstances, as outlined in a report from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
Patty Rulon, 54, is believed to have fallen unconscious behind the wheel of the GMC Acadia that careened across Route 9 at high speed, hitting several objects before colliding with a wall of Calloway's Restaurant.
She died on impact. Her father-in-law, Albert Rulon, 91, of Tuckerton, died while being rushed to Atlanticare Trauma Center in Atlantic City.
Authorities said that his caretaker, Juliette Adomaa, 44, also of Tuckerton, seated in the rear of the cabin, was partly catapulted from the SUV and sustained shoulder and head injuries. Rulon's son Charles, 15, was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptunewith possible broken ribs and internal injuries. Both remain in stable condition, officials said.
Investigators that Patty Rulon's foot depressed the accelerator pedal when she allegedly lost consciousness, sending the vehicle hurtling out of the northbound lane of Route 9 and across the southbound side, where it plowed up a short bank of shurbs and hit the corner of the restaurant..
Heartbroken members of the Rulon family organized a crowdfunding page through GoFundMe to assist in their expenses. They set a goal of $5,000.