A serious accident between a bicyclist and the driver of a Jeep occurred after the bicycle, which had an electrical motor, suddenly crossed in front of the vehicle’s path to switch sides of the road, Brick police said Thursday. The accident seriously injured the bicyclist and caused minor injuries to the driver.
Police were called to the scene of the accident, roughly in front of Windward Beach Park, near Stoneham Drive, at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, said Ptl. Victoria Finelli. A preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle, a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven by Jennifer Amato, 41, of Brick, was traveling east in Princeton Avenue in front of Windward Beach. The bicyclist, Donovan Martinez, 18, was also traveling east on Princeton Avenue in the east bound bicycle lane at the time.
As the Jeep was approaching the Jetson Bolt Pro electric bicycle, the bicyclist “turned left in an attempt to cross Princeton Avenue” in front of vehicle the Jeep. The Jeep then collided with bicyclist just west of the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Stoneham Drive. As a result of the crash, the bicyclist was thrown from the bicycle.
The Brick Township Police Department’s patrol units and Emergency Medical Services along with Robert Wood Johnson paramedics responded to the scene. The bicyclist suffered head and internal injuries and was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
The department’s Traffic Safety Unit responded to the scene to investigate the crash, and vehicular traffic on Princeton Avenue was reduced to one lane of travel with alternating traffic for approximately two hours during the investigation. An ongoing investigation is being conducted by Brick Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.
The accident is under investigation by Ptl. Daniel Fogarty from the Brick Township Traffic Safety Unit. Anyone who may have witnessed or has information related to the crash is asked to contact Fogarty, badge number 211, at 732-262-1141.