TOMS RIVER, NJ – A Toms River police officer who was injured in a crash while riding his police motorcycle has been released from the hospital and is continuing to recover from his injuries. Investigators now suspect a substance in the roadway attributed to the single-vehicle crash.
On Thursday, at around 1:30 pm, the Lakewood Township Police responded to the area of New Hampshire Avenue and Route 70 for a report of a Toms River Police Department Motorcycle that was involved in a crash.
“An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Lakewood Township Police Department and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit determined that a Toms River Police Officer, who was on duty and operating his department-issued motorcycle, was traveling eastbound on Route 70 and entered the on-ramp to continue onto New Hampshire Avenue,” Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said. “Shortly after entering the on-ramp, the Officer lost traction with the road surface and dropped to the roadway. In the process, the Officer was ejected from the motorcycle. The Officer was air-lifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The Officer was treated for his injuries and released.”
“This appears to be an accident caused by a substance on the roadway that caused the Officer to lose traction and subsequently – control of the motorcycle. We are thankful that the Officer involved was treated and released and should make a full recovery,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.