JACKSON – A young Jackson man was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Police reported he succumbed to injuries from a collision he was involved with July 5.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced Saturday morning that Eric Larson, 24, died Friday, three weeks after a motorcycle slammed into his 2008 Hyundai Elantra at Brewers Bridge and South New Prospect roads.
The motorcyclist, who was evading police, died on the scene. Larson was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center with critical injuries.
On July 5 at 10:20 p.m., Anthony Griffin, 22, of Jackson, was driving his red 2004 Yamaha 999 motorcycle east on Brewers Bridge Road toward South New Prospect Road, where he failed to stop for a red light and turned onto the road. A Jackson police patrol turned on his overhead lights and followed Griffin, at which he point accelerated. As Griffin approached Oak Drive, his motorcycle struck the driver-side door of Larson’s Elantra,. Larson was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto South New Prospect Road.
Griffin was declared dead at the scene. It was found he was driving an unregistered motorcycle with fake plates.
The prosecutor’s office said it was “important that the release of the video should be accompanied with the preliminary investigative facts of the investigation to assure proper context.”
Authorities used the dashcam video, taken by a Jackson Police patrol car, to determine the cause of the crash.
Friends of Larson’s fiance had started a GoFundMe page to help pay medical expenses.