UPDATE: Motorcyclist was fleeing police before fatal crash in Jackson, authorities say

The motorcyclist killed last night in Jackson failed to stop for police moments before he was was killed authorities said.

At approximately 10:20 pm, the Jackson Township Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident investigation Unit responded to the area of South New Prospect Road and Oak Drive to investigate a fatal motorcycle crash observed by a Jackson Township Patrol unit on South New Prospect Road at Oak Drive.

The partnering agencies investigation, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff’s CSI Unit, and review of the patrol unit’s MVR (Mobile Video Recorder) video extracted by the Ocean County Prosecutors High Tech Crime Unit found that a 2004 Red Yamaha 999 Motorcycle, driven by Anthony Griffin, 22, of Jackson Township, was traveling eastbound on Brewers Bridge Road approaching South New Prospect Road when a Jackson Township marked patrol unit observed Griffin fail to stop for the red traffic signal. Griffin drove through the red stop light without stopping and turned right heading south onto South New Prospect Road. The Jackson patrol followed and activated his overhead lights to initiate a motor vehicle stop. At this time, Griffin accelerated at a high rate of speed for approximately 10 seconds approaching Oak Drive where his motorcycle struck the driver side door of a 2008 Grey Hyundai Elantra, driven by Eric Larson, 24, of Jackson Township, who was making a left hand turn to head northbound on South New Prospect Road.

As a result of the crash, Anthony Griffin was pronounced deceased on scene. Eric Larson was transported to Jersey Shore Medical where he is listed in critical condition. The investigation also found the motorcycle was unregistered with fictitious license plates attached.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. A motorcycle isnt what’s dangerous its the rider that can be dangerous stats show that 83% of motorcycle accidents involved the rider doing not just an illegal act but a reckless

  2. What do you wanna see on the body/dash cam? I saw it myself, the only thing not accurately reported is the direction the car was coming from. The car was coming down s. Prospect in the opposite direction and the cycle lost control and swerved into the car killing the motorcycle driver on impact. The car was not making a left turn in front of the motorcycle. The only thing I don’t know is if the cop was pursuing him for a legit reason as he claimed the bike ran a red light. you can make a right turn on red so nothing wrong unless he went straight through without treating it like a stop sign (come on,really)? It defenitely makes sense why he was trying to get away being that his bike wasn’t registered.

  3. Was trying to get away for not having the bike registered worth loosing his life over? You can always get the bike out of impound.

  4. Do you think the guy thought he was gonna kill himself trying to get away?
    I like the idea of a no chase law. As much as the guy broke the law, It’s not worth risking other people’s lives to catch him and as long as the plates are authentic you can always catch him later. Wouldn’t have worked in this case but is it that big a deal if you don’t catch him being that all he did was not making a full stop at a red light 10:00 at night when the roads are empty and you can make a right turn on red anyway? The law is the law and I’m not saying it’s the cop’s fault but sometimes cops have use better judgement. As liberal as this state has become maybe this is one thing they can add to the list.

  5. There is no mention of a police chase in the report. just activation of the light, so Jackson PD shouldn’t get blamed for trying to make our roads safer. Hence a review of the dashcam would put the matter to rest.
    RIP

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