Toms River Police were called to the scene of a tragic accident on Route 37 East in Toms River, New Jersey this morning. At approximately 8:00 a.m., authorities responded to reports of a motor vehicle collision involving an electric bike. According to the initial investigation, a 33-year-old male from Little Egg Harbor was traveling west on his electric bike in the westbound shoulder of Route 37 East when he unexpectedly made a left turn into oncoming traffic. As a result, he was struck by a vehicle in the center lane of the highway. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene, cooperating with authorities.
Tragically, the bicyclist sustained severe injuries and was promptly transported to Community Medical Center by Toms River EMS. Despite efforts to save his life, he was later pronounced dead at the medical facility. The identity of the deceased is being withheld at this time as authorities work to notify his next of kin.
The incident has prompted an ongoing investigation led by Toms River Traffic Safety Officer, Corporal Robert Westfall. In addition to the local police department, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit and Hatzalah Volunteer EMS were also present at the scene to provide assistance. The purpose of the investigation is to determine the circumstances leading up to the accident and to identify any contributing factors.
The gravity of this incident has left the community in shock and mourning. The loss of a life is always a tragic event, and it serves as a reminder of the importance of road safety for all individuals, including bicyclists. Authorities are urging motorists to exercise caution and be mindful of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, in order to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
As the investigation continues, anyone with information related to the accident is encouraged to come forward and contact the Toms River Police Department. Their cooperation could prove vital in determining the cause of the collision and ensuring that justice is served.