MANCHESTER – A recent collision involving a motorcycle and two vehicles at the intersection of Routes 539 and 530 left two people with multiple injuries.
Manchester Police found two people lying in the roadway injured and a red Harley Davidson Road King on its side against the curb when they arrived at the scene around 7:36 p.m. Also nearby were the other vehicles involved in the collision, a 2012 Hyundai Sonata and a 2012 Jeep Wrangler.
An investigation revealed that the motorcycle, being driven by 41-year-old Brian Klapproth of Browns Mills, was leaving the Wawa Plaza and getting onto Route 539 South when it was struck by a Hyundai Sonata being driven by 85-year-old Leonard Cerame of Whiting, who was traveling westbound on Route 530. Klapproth and his passenger, Becky McCrosson, also of Browns Mills, were ejected from the motorcycle and thrown onto the Hyundai’s hood and windshield before landing on the roadway. Cerame also collided with a Jeep Wrangler being driven by 26-year-old Kaitlyn McQueen of Forked River, who was stopped in traffic in the left turning lane of Route 530 East.
Klapproth suffered abdominal injuries and was taken by ambulance to Community Medical Center in Toms River. McCrosson also sustained a head injury and substantial injuries to both arms and was taken by medevac helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Cerame and McQueen were uninjured in the collision and did not seek medical attention.
The motorcycle driver and passenger were both listed in stable condition as of the night of the accident.
EMTs from Quality Medical Transport and paramedics from MONOC assisted at the scene. Portions of the roadway were closed for several hours during the crash investigation and cleanup.
Patrolman Ian Bole of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the crash.