The Wood-Ridge resident, who spent the day at the beach with a co-worker, left the boardwalk bar alone around 5 p.m. and drove off in a Hyundai Tucson SUV that was not her own, police said. The SUV, which was reported stolen by its owner, looked similar to Chieco’s car, police said. Its owner told police she had left the keys in the ignition at the request of valet attendants, NJ.com reported.
Approximately an hour after leaving the bar, Chieco, driving the stolen car the wrong way on Route 18 South, crashed head-on into a BMW driven by Dana Corrar, 55, who was returning home from her nursing job in Ewing Township, police said.
Corrar and Chieco were both taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where Chieco later died.
Corrar broke both of her legs and ankles and suffered injuries to her cervix, spine and punctured a lung as a result of the crash. She remains hospitalized in serious condition and has undergone at least three surgeries, NJ.com reported.