Motorcyclist Airlifted to Hospital Following Manchester Crash

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident in Manchester Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 1:11 pm, officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of County Route 571 and Beacon Street involving a motorcycle and a car.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male, identified as 30-year-old Collins Oluleti of Toms River, lying in the roadway with a severe head injury. Collins was unresponsive to first responders, and he was transported via medevac helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he is listed as critical.

Officers also observed a silver 2004 Toyota Camry stopped slightly past the stop bar located at the intersection of Beacon Street and County Route 571. A motorcycle, identified as a 2024 black Kawasaki Vulcan S, was observed facing eastbound in the eastbound lane of County Route 571, lying on the right side. Collins was identified as the operator of the Kawasaki. The Toyota was observed with damage to the front driver side bumper corner and the Kawasaki was observed with damage across the right side.

The investigation revealed that the Kawasaki was traveling eastbound on County Route 571 in the left lane. The Toyota was traveling northbound on Beacon Street and stopped at the stop sign located at the intersection of County Route 571. The Toyota then proceeded into the intersection and Collins observed the Toyota entering his lane of travel. At that time, Collins began to brake to avoid a collision, which caused him to lose control and fall to the pavement. Collins and the Kawasaki began to slide on the pavement and detach from each other. The Kawasaki continued sliding forward approximately 287 feet where it stopped. Collins continued sliding forward and impacted the front end of the Toyota. Following the impact, the Toyota reversed approximately 32 feet to the area of the stop bar at the intersection. This caused Collins to be dragged approximately 11 feet due to him being stuck underneath the Toyota. It was determined that Collins was wearing an approved DOT helmet, but the helmet fell off while he was sliding on the pavement prior to him impacting the Toyota.

The driver of the Toyota, identified as 26-year-old Andy Hernandez-Cheneaux of Toms River, was uninjured as a result of the crash. The Toyota’s three additional passengers, identified as 25-year-old Xiomara Lezama-Briceno of Toms River, 24-year-old Geraldine Requena-Carrasco of Manchester, and 28-year-old Juan Lezama-Briceno of Toms River, were also uninjured. There was no airbag deployment from the Toyota.

Assisting at the scene were EMTs from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, firefighters from Ridgeway Volunteer and Manchester Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics and Life Flight. The investigation into this crash is still on going, however, failure to yield right of way at an intersection appears to be the primary contributing factor. This crash is being investigated by Ptl. Michael O’Hara and Ptl. Sage Sysol of the department’s Traffic Safety Section.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Motorcyclist did everything right and is now critically injured. There are too many stupid drivers on the road for anyone to feel safe on a motorbike regardless of how careful they are.

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