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Local Man Injured When Motorcycle Collides With SUV on Route 88 in Brick

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

A Point Pleasant man driving a motorcycle suffered head and chest injuries after colliding with an SUV being driven by a Brick Township man Thursday night. But police say the motorcycle may have already been sliding out of control before the two vehicles hit each other.

The accident took place at the intersection of Route 88 and Jack Martin Boulevard. According to police, Christos Michael, 57, of Point Pleasant, was traveling west on Route 88 on his 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle with a red light ahead of him. At the same time, Burke Blackman, 75, of Brick, was in the intersection waiting to make a left turn onto Route 88 in his 2015 Lexus RX3 SUV.

As the Lexus began to make the left turn, the motorcycle “continued through the intersection and impacted [the Lexus,” said Ptl. Keith Donnelly of the Brick Township Police Department’s traffic safety unit.

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Based on initial reports and roadway evidence, Donnelly said, it appears that the motorcycle was “down and sliding through the intersection prior to the impact” with the Lexus.

Michael was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, by Brick Police EMS and MONOC Paramedics. Donnelly said it does not appear that the injuries sustained in the crash are life threatening. Blackman, the driver of the Lexus was not injured, nor was a passenger in his vehicle.

Vehicular traffic on Route 88 was detoured around the scene for approximately an hour and a half during the investigation. An ongoing investigation is being conducted by Ptl. Jay Lampiasi and Donnelly of the Brick Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or who has information pertaining to the crash is being asked to contact Ptl. Lampiasi at 732-262-1141.

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