Motorcyclist Seriously Injured In Crash On Route 37 In Manchester

On Monday, October 16, 2023, at approximately 4:43 pm, members of the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of State Highway 37 between Bone Hill Road and Commonwealth Boulevard, in the eastbound lanes of State Highway 37, to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving a single
motorcycle.

Upon arrival, officers observed a 2007 black and green Harley Davidson motorcycle in the left lane of State Highway 37 Eastbound. The sole rider of the motorcycle, 27-year-old, Thomas O’Brien of Lakehurst, NJ was observed lying in the left lane of the roadway approximately 46 feet west of the location of the motorcycle. O’Brien, who was determined to have been wearing a New Jersey Department of Transportation approved helmet, was alert and conscious but sustained serious injuries concentrated on the left side of his body, including an apparent compound fracture to his left arm. He was evaluated on scene by Emergency Medical Technicians from Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services and Paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. O’Brien was transported to Community Medical Center via ambulance for apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation revealed that O’Brien was traveling eastbound on State Highway 37 in the left lane when he lost control of his motorcycle. At that time, O’Brien and the motorcycle fell to the pavement and the motorcycle slid on the pavement in an eastbound direction for approximately 196 feet.

The left two lanes of State Highway 37, in the area of the crash, were closed causing traffic delays while officers conducted the investigation. Assisting at the scene were Emergency Medical Technicians and firefighters from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, as well as Paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University
Hospital.

The investigation into the crash is still ongoing, but at this point, unsafe speed for weather conditions and
driver error appears to be the primary contributing factors. This crash is being investigated by Patrolman Michael
O’Hara and Patrolman Brendan Brush of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit.

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