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Route 571 Motorcycle Crash Injures Two from Beachwood

Second motorcycle crash in as many days in Manchester

A portion of Route 571 was closed Sunday afternoon after a motorcycle carrying two passengers and a car collided, police said. 

Beachwood residents John McLaughlin, 49, and Donna McLaughlin, 48, were riding on a 1996 Harley Davidson eastbound on Route 571 when they collided with a 2009 Nissan Sentra driven by 93-year-old Manchester resident Charles Baasch at the county highway's intersection with Ridgeway Boulevard, according to Capt. Lisa Parker. 

"Baasch attempted to make a left turn onto Route 571 at which time he impacted McLaughlin’s motorcycle which caused both the driver and passenger to be ejected," Parker said in a statement. 

John McLaughlin was driving the motorcycle at the time of the 4:18 p.m. crash; both McLaughlins were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where Parker said they were listed in stable condition. Baasch was uninjured, according to Parker. 

Route 571 was closed in both directions near the crash scene for about one hour and the crash is under investigation by Patrolman Paul Bachovchin, Parker said. 

Along with police, the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, Manchester First Aid Squad, and MONOC and Quality Medical Transport paramedics assisted at the scene, Parker said. 

This is the second motorcycle crash in as many days in Manchester. On Saturday, a Burlington County man was admitted to the hospital with critical injuries following . 

BN March 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM
OK, so what you are saying is that you have not based your arbitrary age of 67 on any medical study, correct? I'm nowhere near the re-test age (44), but I do have a problem with targeting people of a specific age group for no reason other than bias. There are people in their 20's, 30's, 40's, & 50's with hearing, vision, reflex, and/or drug problems yet they continue to drive. Then there are those who simply drive without a license or insurance (as in the case of the New Hampshire Ave. accident last week). Some 67 year-olds still work, volunteer, or are raising their grand-kids. To deprive them of the privilege of driving simply based on their age would be unconstitutional. I'm all for taking the keys from unfit drivers, but that is the family's decision. Speeding, texting, drunk, and stoned teens kill exponentially more people annually...
Mattie March 20, 2012 at 09:38 PM
If they can pass the driving test - even if they are 90! - they can keep their licenses.... My uncle still made the trip from Florida to NJ last summer at the age of 93! He drives well, and had recently been retested even though it was not required by law. Now he's ill with cancer and the medications he's taking makes him slow and weak. He gave up his keys on his own. No one is saying take away old people's licenses... we're saying RE-TEST. If they are capable, they keep driving, if not, well frankly, that's too bad. And too often family members don't want to be "the bad guy" and won't take the keys away until it's too late (there's been an accident) or someone else gets hurt. What about the older people who don't have family watching out for them or monitoring their driving skills?
Ina Bruskin March 23, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I am mother of the two injured people and I feel terrible for all.... I just want my children to heal and be able to make a full recovery. Let's all say a prayer for their safety and healing of body and mind. Ina Bruskin, Little Falls, NJ
Lenny May 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I'm 66 still ride a motorcycle, been riding for well over 50 years. I'm all for re-testing. I voluntarily take every rider ed course available, live in a senior community and see people every single day who shoud be re-tested. Half of them can't even drive in their own communities, let alone out on the highway!!
eva denaut August 23, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Well its funny how people judge old people for driving when they really don't know what happened, he was agreat driver and a great person and it took a big toll on him, and now he is in heaven, and don't judge OLD people.


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