Ocean County Man Killed In Freak Accident

Photo courtesy Ocean County Scanner News

TOMS RIVER – A 24-year-old township man has died in what can only be described as a freak and tragic accident.

According to Toms River Township Police, Nicholas Cacciapaglia was in the parking lot of Ocean County Power Sports Sunday evening where he was learning to ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Police said he lost control and struck a curb before Cacciapaglia and the motorcycle entered Route 37.

Photo courtesy Ocean County Scanner News

Authorities said that he went down and slid into the center lane of 37 when he was struck by a passing vehicle driven by 62-year-old Domenic Maruca of Toms River.

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Police Department Spokesperson Jillian Messina confirmed that Cacciapaglia was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were sent to the scene around 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue.

Officers said there were no signs of impairment and no summons were issued.

The accident remains under investigation by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer Ryan Fitzgerald.