MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Manchester Township Police Department is continuing to investigate a collision between two motorcyclist Saturday afternoon on Mount Misery Road.
According to police, on Saturday at approximately 2:17 p.m., members of the Manchester Township Police Department responded to Pasadena Road near the intersection of Mt. Misery Road, in the Whiting section of the township, to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving two motorcycles.
“Upon arrival, officers observed a black 2013 Harley Davidson Road King Motorcycle laying on it’s side adjacent to the wood line on the eastbound shoulder of Pasadena Road and a blue 2018 Indian Chieftain Motorcycle in the center of the eastbound lane, upright, on it’s kickstand,” the Manchester Police Department said in a statement. “The driver of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle, 66-year-old, Paul Brinkman, was severely injured. Life-saving measures were attempted. However, Brinkman succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Indian Motorcycle, 57-year-old Michael Varcadipane, sustained injuries to the right side of his body but refused any further medical attention. The investigation determined that Brinkman was not wearing a Department of Transportation approved helmet, but Varcadipane was.”
Police later learned the two riders were traveling together eastbound on Pasadena Road in a staggered formation with Brinkman traveling behind Varcadipane.
“Varcadipane observed a disabled motorcyclist on the westbound shoulder of Pasadena Road and attempted to pull over onto the eastbound shoulder to assist the disabled motorcyclist,” the department said. “As Varcadipane began to decelerate and pull off the roadway, Brinkman failed to react in time and collided with the Indian Motorcycle. The left front end of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle impacted the right front end of the Indian Motorcycle causing both motorcyclists to lose control and subsequently be ejected from their motorcycles.”