Fatal Motorcycle Crash Under Investigation

A motor vehicle crash involving a car and motorcycle is under investigation by Manchester Township Police. (Photo courtesy Manchester Township Police)

MANCHESTER – On April 12 at approximately 9:14 p.m., Manchester Township Police responded to reports of a crash involving a motorcycle on Route 70 near Roosevelt City Road in the Whiting section of town.

Arriving at the scene, officers observed a 1994 Chevrolet Prism driven by a 19-year-old Pemberton man that had crashed into the rear of a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The investigation revealed that the motorcycle was traveling westbound on Route 70 and had slowed down to make a left hand turn on to Roosevelt City Road when it was suddenly struck in the rear by the Chevrolet, which was traveling in the same direction.

As a result of the impact, the motorcycle driver, a 65-year-old Whiting man, was ejected. The motorcycle driver was unconscious and without a pulse when police arrived. CPR was immediately administered by police and first aid, but the victim ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Both occupants of the Chevrolet were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. They complained of pain from the impact and were seen by first aid, but refused transport to the hospital. The driver of the motorcycle was also wearing a helmet. The area of Route 70 involved in the crash was closed for several hours during the rescue and cleanup.

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Assisting at the scene were members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit, the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Quality Medical Transport, MONOC Paramedics and the NJ State Highway Diversion Team.

The cause of the crash is under investigation at this time. This crash is being investigated by Sergeant Ellis and Ptl. Anderson of the Manchester Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.