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Motorcyclist in Critical Condition Following 'Severe' Route 70 Crash

A portion of Route 70 was closed while responders tended to the scene

A Burlington County man was admitted to the hospital in critical condition after he was involved in what police called a "severe" crash Saturday afternoon that forced the closure of a portion of Route 70 for almost two hours, said Manchester Police Capt. Lisa Parker. 

Wayne Adams, 64, of Wrightstown, was riding a 2007 Harley Davidson westbound on Route 70 at 1:36 p.m. when witnesses say a "small white car" carrying two passengers turned left into the Manchester Plaza entrance. Adams braked to avoid the car, according Parker. 

"No impact occurred between the car and the motorcycle; however, this rapid braking caused the motorcycle to flip end-over-end," Parker said in a statement. 

The motorcycle then tumbled and impacted a 1995 Ford Explorer travelling eastbound on the state highway, shattering the car's rear driver's side window. No one in that vehicle was injured, Parker said.

Adams was being tended to by civilian EMTs and "good Samaritans" when police arrived at the scene, Parker said. Manchester First Aid Squad and MONOC paramedics tended to Adams, who was then flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune and admitted in critical condition, according to Parker. 

Officers from Manchester and Lakehurst closed Route 70 from Colonial Drive to the Lakehurst Circle for nearly two hours due to the crash, Parker said. The Ridgeway and Manchester volunteer fire companies also assisted at the scene.

Police ask that anyone with information on the identity of the driver in the white car contact the Traffic Safety Bureau at 732-657-2009, ext. 4400. Patrolman Thomas O'Hare of that bureau is investigating the crash, Parker said. 

dorothyr March 18, 2012 at 03:23 AM
we drove by there before police, ambulances arrived. it was so sad to see -- i pray for the motorcyclist and hope that the police find the white car which caused such an unnecessary tragedy
Ed Duquette March 18, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Poor drivers cut off other vehicles, especially motorcycles. The rider in this case did not know how to brake or dump the bike for his own safety. Sounds like too much front brake and too much speed. The police will calculate the skid marks and determine speed. I see a two driver error issues here, plus one driver causing and leaving the scene of an accident. That driver would be advised to contact the police, or face a very serious charge on top of the careless driving. Drivers are certified to get a license once. Q. Why are certified medical nurses and aides often required to "re-certify"? A. So they will perform their job consistently, as required. We really need to recertify our licenses to operated vehicles. People tend to stray from the “rules of the road” and operational skills of keeping control of their vehicles. Had we all been doing that, this double-trouble, accident may not have occurred. Oh, yeah, same thing happen to me once…only the driver’s wife saw me heading for their car at 35 mph. She screamed, he stopped and I T-boned a large Ford LTD station wagon. Wet road, fair skills, I’m looking at stars. They scraped me up from the pavement that night. I survived with mystery injuries. No more motorbikes. I hope this gent recovers and enjoy driving cars with his new insight into why riding two wheels over 50 mph is hardly a safe mode of travel.
suz March 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM
What?!
L.L. March 18, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I don't even know where to begin because your comment is so rediculous. How on earth can you comment on his speed or how he braked. Were you there??? I on the other hand was. My husband and I were the "good sams" mentioned. I held his hand ready to do cpr on him until the paramedics arrived. The accident happened right in front of us. He didn't have time to blink let alone process the fact that he was being cut off and that he should brake in a certain manner or dump his bike. Our prayers are with Mr. Adams and his family.
Laura E March 18, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Thank God for people who are not afraid to get involved and help. Remember, the term 'what comes around, goes around' is not just limited to bad behavior, but also selfless acts of kindness. You and your husband were there to comfort this man during a time of distress. How many people in this day and age would have just gawked and drove on by not giving it a second thought. I do not know this man and I do not know you but I just want to say Thank You for doing what you could. I wish Mr. Adams a speedy recovery.
ballyjduf March 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM
L.L thank god for people let you who did stop and aid him . Ed Duquette your an idiot
Suzanne March 18, 2012 at 11:28 PM
My nusband and I were on our way to the winery for st, patricks day when we were detoured and saw the accident after all was said and done. We ride as well and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. I hope to hell they find that white vehicle that caused all this.
Glenn Crouse March 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Yes @Ballyjduf "Idiot" sums it up for Ed D.
ballyjduf March 20, 2012 at 01:02 PM
SOME OF THESE OLDER DRIVERS CHILDREN SAY ITS OK THEY ONLY DRIVE IN MANCHESTER .....GET THESE OUT OF THEIR MIND DRIVERS OFF THE ROAD. THEIR CHILDREN DROP THEM OFF IN A RETIREMENT DEVELOPMENT . AND FORGET ABOUT THEM . PLEASE NOTE : NOT ALL OLDER DRIVER ARE BAD DRIVERS . THE ONES THAT ARE SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE POLICE , THE DOCTOR WON'T BECAUSE THEY WOULD LOSS $$$ . THE POLITICANS WON'T BECAUSE THEY VOTE . AND SO ON AND SO ON .. HOW MANY HAVE TO DIE .
kristee March 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Ummmmm Ed let me tell you something this is the guys daughter who was on that bike my father did dumb his bike to avoid hitting the car my dad knows how to drive thanks so Id appreciate it if you kept your rude comments to yourself. For the ones who are concerned he is doing great and thanks for the prayers they are working
kristee March 22, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Hi Dorothy my dad was the one on the bike he is doing well it'll be a long time before a full recovery but he is doing well and thank you for the prayers they are working
kristee March 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM
My father was the one on the bike I appreciate your kind words and thank you for helping him in his time of need I greatly appreciate you and your husband doing that....and my father is doing great itll be a long time til a full recovery but thanking god everyday for him being alive and thank you so much for your prayers they are working...
kristee March 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Thanks to everyone who is routing for my dad he is doing well it'll be along time before a full recovery but were thanking god everyday for him still being here with us. and that they catch they people who did this to my father...Keep the prayers coming they are working and we greatly appreciate everyone for doing so!!!
L.L. March 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I actually have goose bumps after reading your post Kristee! A day hasn't gone by since the accident that my husband and I haven't mentioned him. I actually called the hospital the day after to make sure he was ok. I can't explain it but you develope such a bond with a person after going thru such an emotional ordeal. I feel like he's a member of our family. Even my parents and coworkers ask about him. I hope and pray that he has a speedy recovery. Your family will always be in our thougts and prayers.
Judi V. April 02, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Kristee, I am glad your dad is doing well. I know the EMT's that responded in the ambulance. One in particular has been thinking about your dad all the time and is relieved to have read your posts.

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