Man Loses Arm in Motorcycle Crash on Route 37, Life Saved by Police Officer

TOMS RIVER-On Thursday, August 30, 2018 at approximately 12:46 AM multiple Toms River Police Units, Ocean County Prosecutors Office Investigator Brad Frank, and the Ocean County Sheriff Criminal Investigation Unit responded to a motorcycle accident on Route 37 at the Tunney Bridge.  Preliminary reports from witnesses allege multiple motorcycles drag racing on the bridge before Ronald Vanarsdale, 36 year old of Serene Way Toms River, was ejected from his motorcycle.

Mr. Vanarsdale‘s body was located 326’ from point of ejection, and his motorcycle was located 762’ from point of ejection. His right forearm and hand were severed just under the bicep. Sgt. Ed Mooney from the Toms River Police Department was able to quickly apply a tourniquet to immediately stop the bleeding and was praised by Jersey Shore Medical Center.

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Mr. Vanarsdale was flown by MONOC helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune where he underwent emergency surgery, he is currently in the Intensive Care Unit and is listed in stable condition.

Impairment is unknown and currently be investigated through hospital records. There were no other injuries. The New Jersey State Police Marine Division, Sgt. Pearce, was notified about the missing limb. If anyone was witness to this accident, or find the missing forearm and hand, please contact investigating Traffic Safety Officer Mark Nater at 732-349-0150 x 1336 or by email at


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