Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim Remembered As 'Fun-Loving'
The family of a Barnegat man who died in motorcycle collision with Freeholder John Kelly mourns
All was quiet around the Fifth Street residence of the Kolb family Monday as friends and family mourned the death of 24-year-old William Kolb of Barnegat.
The Southern Regional graduate had been riding his motorycle down Route 9 South in Eagleswood when a collision with Ocean County Freelholder John Kelly's SUV sent Kolb flying off his vehicle.
Kolb suffered severe injuries and died on the scene shortly after the 6:35 p.m. incident on Friday.
Today it was evident that someone was home at the Kolbs' residence, with a car in the driveway, the lights on, and some noise inside. But the family did not seem to want contact with the media.
The Kolbs' telephone was disconnected as well.
Kolb was a 2006 graduate of Southern Regional High School in Stafford Township, and he had an interest in mechanics, reports say.
Paul Hoferer, 24, of Roxbury Township in Morris County, said he went to elementary school, middle school and high school with Kolb before they lost touch and Kolb's family moved to southern Ocean County.
"Roxbury was both of our hometowns," Hoferer said.
Hoferer remembers Kolb as a fun-loving kid with an infectious laugh and an interest in repair work, not necessarily academics, he said.
"He wasn't most interested in school," Hoferer said. "It always seemed like he just had other aspirations.
"I remember him always coming to school with, like, grease stains on his shirt," Hoferer added. "He seemed to always be working."
One of the biggest impressions that Kolb left on the others, was his fun, easy-going manner, Hoferer said.
"He was always in good spirits," he said. "And he always had something nice to say. I just remember his basic demeanor. Growing up he had this mushroom haircut. He had one of those deep belly laughs, kind of like Santa Claus."
Hoferer said the news of Kolb's death shook up his community.
"It was definitely a shock once the news came up north," Hoferer said. "When something like this happens, you wish you had been more in contact [with him]."