MANAHAWKIN, NJ – A bicyclist was struck and killed while riding along Route 72 in Stafford Township near the Garden State Parkway exit, Stafford Police said on Tuesday.
According to police, at 9:40 pm, a 2012 Jeep operated by Ronald Sheehy, 55 years old of Waretown, was traveling west on Route 72, and transitioning into the far right lane to access the Garden State Parkway north ramp.
“At this time, Sheehy contacted the bicyclist who was riding in the right, westbound lane of Route 72. The bicyclist was identified as Nelson Hoover, 61 years old of Little Egg Harbor.” the Stafford Township Police Department said. “As police arrived on scene, life saving measures were initiated on Mr. Hoover. He was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center, but he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.”
Police cleared the driver of wrongdoing, saying the investigation did not indicate any careless operation or speed as a contributing factor in the collision by Sheehy. It was further observed that the bicyclist was wearing dark clothing, and the collision occurred in an area of Route 72 that was not well-lit.