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Point Pleasant Bicyclist Dies After Collision With Tractor-Trailer on Rt. 88

Point Pleasant man's name is being withheld for now

A 48-year-old Point Pleasant man was killed in Brick Wednesday morning after his bicycle collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 88, police said.

The crash occurred at 8:58 a.m. near the intersection of Route 88 and Coolidge Drive, across from Midstreams Road, leaving the state highway and some adjacent streets closed for about four hours.

The victim's name was not released pending notification of next-of-kin, police said.

Sgt. David Bedrosian said the tractor-trailer had been stopped for the red traffic light on Route 88 westbound at the intersection with Coolidge Drive. The bicyclist, he said, was also traveling westbound on the right edge of the roadway.

As the traffic light turned green for westbound traffic, the tractor-trailer began to make a right turn onto Coolidge, Bedrosian said. As the tractor trailer maneuvered its turn, the bicyclist continued westbound on the edge of the roadway, and the two collided.

The bicyclist initially made contact with the right side cab area of the tractor trailer, Bedrosian said. That impact resulted in the bicyclist being knocked down onto the roadway, and then being struck by the trailer’s right rear wheels.

The driver of the tractor trailer, James J. Southrey, 47, of Sewll, along with an unidentified firefighter immediately began to administer CPR to the struck bicyclist. Core Care, a passing private ambulance, also rendered assistance and began treating the bicyclist until other medical services arrived on scene, Bedrosian said.

Brick Police EMS as well as MONOC paramedics also responded to take the bicyclist to Ocean Medical Center. He was pronounced dead upon arrival there.

The crash is stil under investigation, though police said the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Brick Township Police officers Brenden Barnes and Glenn Turner were the initial responding officers to the scene, Bedrosian said. Officer Jay Lampiasi and Officer Scott Dierking of the Traffic Safety Unit responded and are conducting the investigation.

Detective David Margentino and Michael Proto of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit also responded, in addition to detectives Michael Senger and Anthony Giardina from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit. The New Jersey State Police Commercial Carrier South Inspection Unit also responded to assist with the investigation.

ted nagel August 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I am a bicyclist in the area. The drivers on Rt 88 are always passing in the right of way and generally not paying attention. This also happens on Princeton, which has a bike path. Drivers just cross the line and turn in front of bicyclists. The cyclist in this story had the right of way! They will be more unfortunate deaths until the local police start to site those who violate right of way. My thoughts go out the man and his family. I saw him a couple of times a week at his place of work. A really nice person.
KingNeptune August 16, 2012 at 02:28 AM
The truck driver was not passing on the right, he was making a right turn. And I've seen hundreds of bicyclist who violate the right of way all the time.
bg robbins August 16, 2012 at 04:16 AM
If the truck driver saw the bicyclist in his rear view mirror, it would seem only fair and prudent to give him some space.
pete August 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM
the biker was passing on the right under the rear view mirror where he would not be seen! passing on the right is illegal in most states, and bikers must obey motor vehicle laws!
lance August 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM
When will they release his name?
Da Poppa August 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM
It's hard to say definitely that the cyclist had the right of way, but based upon the following facts: 1) both traveling westbound 2) truck stopped at red light 3) truck makes turn and cyclist is hit by cab (not the trailer) Despite what non-cyclists think, the cyclist in this instance HAD THE RIGHT OF WAY. It's incumbent upon the truck driver to ensure he clear path before turning. it's a tragic accident, the trucker did not mean to hit the cyclist, but fault lies somewhere, in this case on the trucker. The cyclist wad riding to the far right, with traffic. Thats following the law. If you're in your car in the right lane, and someone passes you on the left then turns in front of you, it is illegal. You have the right of way. If the cyclist was instead a pedestrian walking along the edge of the road into the intersection, they have the right of way. So now we have a cyclist, and suddenly he doesn't have the right of way? Wrong, wrong, wrong ...
Not So Dumb August 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Cycleists must obey all traffic rules, that means having control of your bike and passing on the right is illegal, motor vechile or cycleist. It's a shame this happened and it happens all the time because cycleist adult or kids think they have rights they don't have.
Freetobeyouandme August 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Below should be required reading for all who share the road; cyclists and drivers. http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/bike/pdf/bicyclingmanual.pdf
ariah moyer August 16, 2012 at 04:42 PM
freetobeyouandme and da poppa are correct. the truck turned into the cyclists path, who like a pedestrian or another vehicle has the right way in the same situation, regardless if they are seen or not. obviously both parties could have been more careful, and it could have been that there was no way that trucker could have seen the cyclist (distance between both of them, mirrors etc.). it was a sad accident.
Freetobeyouandme August 16, 2012 at 05:15 PM
If both the truck are bike were at a stop prior to the light changing, then, assuming the driver saw him, it would seem the truck should have waited for the bike to pass. However, if the bike was in motion as the truck started moving from a complete stop, that could be considered passing on the right which is illegal. Either way, the manual gives directions for a Quick Turn (page 30) which would have landed the cyclist away from the wheels and his injuries may not have been fatal. As we read about this tragic accident and the article about unsafe intersections in town, the common thread is that people need to give more thought to their surroundings and consideration to others on the road. Roads cannot think or react or protect, each individual needs to do that for themselves and likewise teach their children to do so.

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