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Bicyclist Dies After Collision With Tractor-Trailer on Rt. 88

Point Pleasant man's name is being withheld for now

A 48-year-old Point Pleasant man was killed in Brick Wednesday morning after his bicycle collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 88, police said.

The crash occurred at 8:58 a.m. near the intersection of Route 88 and Coolidge Drive, across from Midstreams Road, leaving the state highway and some adjacent streets closed for about four hours.

The victim's name was not released pending notification of next-of-kin, police said.

Sgt. David Bedrosian said the tractor-trailer had been stopped for the red traffic light on Route 88 westbound at the intersection with Coolidge Drive. The bicyclist, he said, was also traveling westbound on the right edge of the roadway.

As the traffic light turned green for westbound traffic, the tractor-trailer began to make a right turn onto Coolidge, Bedrosian said. As the tractor trailer maneuvered its turn, the bicyclist continued westbound on the edge of the roadway, and the two collided.

The bicyclist initially made contact with the right side cab area of the tractor trailer, Bedrosian said. That impact resulted in the bicyclist being knocked down onto the roadway, and then being struck by the trailer’s right rear wheels.

The driver of the tractor trailer, James J. Southrey, 47, of Sewwll, along with an unidentified firefighter immediately began to administer CPR to the struck bicyclist. Core Care, a passing private ambulance service, also rendered assistance and began treating the bicyclist until other medical services arrived on scene, Bedrosian said.

Brick Police EMS as well as MONOC paramedics also responded to take the bicyclist to Ocean Medical Center. He was pronounced dead upon arrival there.

The crash is stil under investigation, though police said the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Brick Township Police officers Brenden Barnes and Glenn Turner were the initial responding officers to the scene, Bedrosian said. Officer Jay Lampiasi and Officer Scott Dierking of the Traffic Safety Unit responded and are conducting the investigation.

Detective David Margentino and Michael Proto of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit also responded, in addition to detectives Michael Senger and Anthony Giardina from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit. The New Jersey State Police Commercial Carrier South Inspection Unit also responded to assist with the investigation.

donna d August 16, 2012 at 03:26 AM
May the angels lead him into heaven..
GM August 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM
The articles keep mentioning no helmet, but don't pedestrians have the right of way if on foot, or bike? I think trucks need to be more careful, I think all drivers in town need to be more careful and remember who has the right of way. So sad..
Typical Obama Voter August 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Pedestrians do not always have the right of way. I wish people would stop saying that. Pedestrians only have the right of way if they are in a crosswalk. It is a shared responsiblity by both pedestrian and motor vehicle if there is no crosswalk. If the truck had his directional on and was making a legal right turn, the pedestrian has an obligation to give way to the truck if not in a cross walk. A bicycle cannot pass a right turning vehicle on the right side shoulder. A pedestrian has to follow all the laws the same as a car.
frankmgillicuty August 16, 2012 at 01:04 PM
share the road a-hole
Jerry Belle August 16, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Here's a guess, Ian Anderson?
Jerry Belle August 16, 2012 at 01:24 PM
GM - from the link: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/bike/regulations.shtm Title 39:4-10.1 In New Jersey, anyone under 17 years of age that rides a bicycle or is a passenger on a bicycle, or is towed as a passenger by a bicycle must wear a safety helmet. 39:4-14.1 Rights and Duties of Persons on Bicycles. Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway is granted all the rights and subject to all of the duties of the motor vehicle driver. 39:4-14.2, 39:4-10.11 Operating Regulations. Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway shall ride as near to the right roadside as practicable exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
Al August 16, 2012 at 01:27 PM
You may want to check the definition of "pedestrian." A bicyclist is not a pedestrian. Bicyclists must obey all rules of the road and the bicyclist in this story chose not to obey an important one (do not pass on the right). I feel bad for all involved parties.
JG381 August 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I can not speak for what happened at this unfortunate accident, as I was not witness to it, but this accident raises the awareness of bicycles sharing the road with cars and trucks. From my experiences, especially driving here in Brick, I have to agree with Aqualung. It has become too common that you're driving, and especially at night, and you go to make a turn, or accelerate on a green light, then suddenly out of nowhere, a bicycle rider(s) appear without any consideration of car(s) on the road, forcing me to slam my brakes, and send my heart racing, 'cause I never even was aware of the approaching bycicle rider(s). I always advice my children (when they bike-ride) to always be aware of traffic, always drive your bike defensevly, never assume a motorist sees you and will yield to you, and NEVER take the risk to cross busy roads unless you're sure it's safe - may be a little overprotective and cautious, but it's better than risking an accident with a moving automobile.
scott August 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
yes maybe but i hope i'm wrong...
clamdigger August 16, 2012 at 02:33 PM
4 kids riding skateboards down Midstreams road yesterday..shoulder to shoulder,out almost to center of the lane (NOT CENTER LINE of ROAD) headed toward firehouse. traffic had to drive around them cause they wouldn't/didn't move. i was driving the opposite way,watched as 3 cars passed them across the center line giving them a wide berth. the kids saw the cars,I saw them look over their shoulders and they never budged. Kids about 13-15 yrs old. they just kept pushing their boards along w/o a care in the world.
Typical Obama Voter August 16, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I see the same thing almost every day. I am surprised that someone doesn't get run over every day.
clamdigger August 16, 2012 at 02:43 PM
@AL; explain how a bicyclist does not pass on the right? that's the beauty of riding a bike, when the cars are stopped, you can keep going. just because traffic is stopped does not mean a person on bike,riding on the shoulder has to stop also...even thought they may be passing on the right. if a person on a bike gets to an intersection and a car is turning left and traffic is backed up behind the turning car, the bicyclist can still proceed, he doesn't need to stop because traffic cannot continue. he should proceed w/ caution so he doesn't get smacked by a car turning left from the opposite way,but he has right of way and may continue. how this guy got ran over at an intersection,if both were stopped for the light is beyone me. a tractor trailer needs to drive deep into a right turn so his trailer's wheels have clearance on the curb. The truck driver probably started forward from the stop light, drove deep into the intersection and started his right turn and at the same time the guy on the bike just started riding and rode right into the path of the truck. I driven past there thousands of times, if the tractor trailer was stopped for the light, he couldn't have been going more than 10mph while making that turn,how doesn't a 48 yr old man notice the truck is beginning his turn?
tim August 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I got to know this man from my daily visits to Lukoil. A hard working and very nice person. God bless him and his family!
Tnag August 16, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I too got to know this man from the gas station. He always told me I "looked very nice" and then I couldn't quite catch the rest - but he made my day every time I saw him. I also saw him all the time on his bike up and down route 88 and now I will have to remember how he died everyday I pass the area. I live in Midstreams and it seems that whatever direction I drive in I encounter another roadside marked with tragedy. It is so sad - God bless all those suffering from these tragedies....
Al August 16, 2012 at 05:48 PM
He should have either 1) pretended he was a car and got behind the line of traffic and stopped and waited his turn like all other traffic, or 2) got off his bike and became a pedestrian and walked his bike across the intersection (when he had the proper walk signal of course). It is very unsafe to pass a row of cars on the shoulder and then enter an intersection. I will occasionally make the move that this bicyclist did but I do so very carefully and with the knowledge that any resulting accident will be my fault. It is the same reason that bicycling on a sidewalk is a bad idea. A bicyclist traveling 15 to 20 mph can very easily sneak up on a car that is stopped at a light or making a right turn at 5 - 10 mph. Cars are not looking (nor should they be expected to look for) someone passing them on the shoulder, which as we know, is illegal. Source: avid cyclist, rides local roads frequently
squanto274 August 16, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Pretty dumb statement when it looks like the biker rode into the truck when it was turning. The guys is dead, so I'm not trying to bad mouth him so I'll leave it at that.
Joseph Woolston Brick August 16, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Had to be the same kids I saw yesterday that were on Midstreams Rd on long boards AND the oldest one was on the center line, they eventually ended up at In and Go where I was and you know me, I had to say something and I did.
Joseph Woolston Brick August 16, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Oh no, we are not talking about the man who worked at Lukoil are we? The nice guy with the very heavy accent? Kind of tall with glasses? I hope not, he was one of the nicest workers at the station. If that who it turns out to be, I have to go down to Lukoil later and pay some respect.
Joseph Woolston Brick August 16, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I have to drive by Anthony Briffa's memorial every day and it makes me so sad and mad that nothing has been done to Jordan to make it safer. If there were memorials to all of those that have died on Jordan, it would look like a cemetery instead of a county road. Is that what it's going to take for someone to finally do something?
Don D August 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Suresh Kumar Magan, of Point Pleasant, was struck by a tractor-trailer while he was riding his bike on the right shoulder of Route 88 westbound Wednesday morning, said Capt. John Rein.
Bricktown Lew August 16, 2012 at 07:37 PM
People need to be much more careful. Period. As a cyclist myself, I haven't seen one person (besides myself) on a bike, scooter, skateboard, etc "walk" their bike, scooter, skateboard, etc across an intersection. Careless people.
Bowie Thelonius August 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I also stop at that Lukoil frequently. I'm sorry that poor guy died, he was always very nice. Prayers to his family.
Tony August 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM
The bicyclist known to most of us as Sandy, from the Lukoil gas station on RT 88 and Jordan, attended our church. There will be a memorial service held for him on Wednesday night (8/22) from 7pm to 8:15 pm at Fellowship Chapel 170 Duchess Lane, Brick. 732-892-1445. All are welcome.
clamdigger August 17, 2012 at 03:12 AM
@AL, first of all a bicyclist has the right of way through an intersection provided; 1) he is moving with the flow of traffic 2) observes the traffic signals and rules of the road just as motor vehicles. so if a bicyclist is traveling with the flow of traffic,arrives at an intersection with a green light and proceeds through,he has the right of way to any person making a turn (provided the bicyclist arrives at the intersection first or is entering the intersection) whether it is a motor vehicle making left from the opposite direction or a right from the same direction the bicyclist is traveling. it is NOT illegal for a bicyclist to pass stopped traffic on the right. What you are saying is that if traffic is backed up XXX # of cars or miles and a bicyclist gets to the traffic jam,he is not allowed to pass the traffic, that is not correct. Motor vehicles are (suppose to be) prohibited from passing on shoulders. Mopeds,bicycles,tricycles,unicycles,skateboards are all suppose to utilize the shoulder of the road (moving with the flow of traffic) if they cannot keep up with the posted speed limit unless there is no designated shoulder or not enough room to ride safely,then they may use the road but may not impede traffic and motor vehicles must give way or yield to slower traffic caused by mopeds,bicycles,tricycles,unicycles,skateboards until they can safely navigate around past them.
clamdigger August 17, 2012 at 03:15 AM
As for telling people they should pretend they are cars and get behind the line of traffic, I would never do that especially here in NJ. I would never stand in the travel lane, in traffic, waiting to get smushed between two cars. Traveling through neighborhoods is one thing to ride in the street but again with the flow of traffic not meandering any which way,traveling on a State Highway is a totally different animal.
Tony August 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Vinod, Yes, Sandy and Suresh are the same person. He was a friend of mine through the gas station and through church. If you have any questions about the accident, the Brick Police Department in Brick, NJ can help you. Their phone number is 732-477-8300
John Boyle August 17, 2012 at 02:33 PM
If Suresh was going in the correct direction of travel and obeying the signal then the driver should be determined to be at fault. A right hook crash is the most common type of crash that bicyclists are involved in and is a result of motorists cutting right into the path of bikes. In Europe trucks are required to have mirrors that allow them to look directly down at the right side of the cab. The State DOT should look at this intersection for bicycle and pedestrian improvements such as moving the stop bars back and painting the crosswalks (so the vehicles do not block the crosswalk area and can see a bicyclist waiting at the light).
Mark Story Jenks August 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Well said. Anyone who has driven a tractor trailer knows about the blind spots. There is an awful lot you can't see, especially of what is alongside the right or behind you.. It is obvious the truck driver never saw the man on the bike, and the man on the bike never knew the truck was going to turn. I was not there, and will not place blame. But I've driven tractor trailers, and ride a bicycle every day. I can see how easily this could happen, with certain but unfortunately tragic timing of both parties. The wrong place at the wrong time for both. I wonder why the passenger of the truck didn't see the bicyclist and alert the driver. Maybe the passenger was sleeping or distracted. Or just looking straight ahead, or sitting too far forward and blocking the mirror? We'll never know, will we.
Mark Story Jenks August 17, 2012 at 04:39 PM
CORRECTION: I am wrong in referencing a passenger in the cab of the truck. Apparently the driver was the only person in the truck. If there had been a passenger, maybe things would have turned out differently.
So sad September 27, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I just found out today that he died when i went to his workplace. He was going to see his family in India after 4 years this September.He was counting days just before he died and was so looking forward to finally meet his family and his new grandchild . All this time he was saving up so he could send some money home and didn't know that he will never be able to see them again ...........

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