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Point Pleasant Bicyclist Killed in Route 88 Accident Identified

Suresh Kumar Magan died after the collision with a tractor-trailer on Wednesday morning

Brick Township police have identified the Point Pleasant man killed Wednesday morning in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Route 88.

Suresh Kumar Magan was pronounced dead at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, after the accident, which occurred just before 9 a.m. at the intersection of Route 88 and Coolidge Drive.

Magan, whose age was initially said to be 48 but who may have been older, lived on Route 88 in Point Pleasant and worked at the LukOil gasoline station on the corner of Route 88 and Jordan Road, Brick Capt. John Rein said Thursday. Magan has relatives in India and in London who have been notified, Rein said. No further information was available at this time, he said.

Brick Sgt. David Bedrosian on Wednesday said showed the tractor-trailer was turning right on Coolidge after being stopped at a red traffic light when Magan, who was riding his bicycle along the right edge of Route 88, apparently rode into the passenger side of the truck's cab and was knocked off his bicycle into the road, where he was then hit by the right rear tires of the tractor-trailer.

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

Brick Police EMS as well as MONOC paramedics also responded to take Magan to Ocean Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The crash remains under investigation.

Da Poppa August 18, 2012 at 04:05 AM
@WMS826 - it is better to keep one's mouth shut and look the fool, than to open it up and remove all doubt ... SHUT UP
J.JONES August 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Good point ..If he had a helmet on would he have lived ...But what ever that section is so narrow and trucks fly on that road ..You have to really drive whit caution in cars or bike ..just a sad story..I bet the truck driver did pay attention to the bike rider..IM BIGGER ATTITUDE ...
WMS826 August 18, 2012 at 03:59 PM
It is sad on many accounts. I just want people to think and see this from other view points. What about the cop who had to clean this up and handle it. Not a pleasant day for first responders.
Joanna Henderson August 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Suresh always rode his bike responsibly. I would see him riding everywhere in Point Pleasant and Brick (on Rt 88). I don't know the particular circumstances that led to his death, but he did bring smiles & laughter to his customers. It is a shame that he is gone now. I do have to say that people who drive down Rt 88 (especially when not being from the area) drive like idiots. I have seen a tremendous amount of speeding on 88 and people do not like to use signals for turning. They also tend to text while sitting at lights. Possession of your phone (even at a light) indicates you aren't paying attention to the roadway. I have even seen Police Officers using cell phones while driving on our busy roads. Please... stay aware.. this man had a life and family back home...
WMS826 August 22, 2012 at 03:40 PM
And if the police were heavy handed and wrote everything they see what would we say about them on here. You people get your breaks, then complain the cops do not enforce the laws and EVERYONE ELSE is driving crazy.

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