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UPDATE: One Man Dead After Crash During Motorcycle Charity in Freehold

Another man left seriously injured after the incident, which involved 3 motorcycles and a SUV.

One man is dead and another is seriously injured after 3 motorcycles and a SUV were involved in an accident on Sunday.

According to Mark LeMieux of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, “On Sunday, June 24 at 1:27 p.m. there was a multiple motorcycle and vehicle collision that occurred on Elton Adelphia Rd near the intersection Wellesley way in Freehold Township.”

The motorcyclists were participating in a March of Dimes “Bikers for Babies” charity ride that began at restaurant in Howell. The event raises money to support education about the seriousness of premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Between 80-1000 riders were participating in the event, said LeMieux.

According to the LeMieux, participants Jack Wood, Jr., 37, of Keansburg, and Jason Rivera, 32, of Middletown, were traveling east bound on Elton Adelphia Rd. and crossed over a double line entering the west bound lane. The motorcyclists were passing other riders in an effort to shut down the intersection ahead for the safe passing of the other motorcycle riders.

As Wood was passing, he came up a slight hill where encountered a 2006 Toyota Highlander operated by a 17-year-old girl from Freehold who was traveling west-bound at the time. Wood applied his brakes, but was then rear-ended by Rivera.  After that occurred, both motorcycles became unstable, explained LeMieux.

Wood slid across the westbound lane striking the road’s northern curb. Rivera’s motorcycle went head-on into the Toyota. Then, a third collision occurred when Rivera’s motorcycle was thrown into the eastbound lane and hit motorcyclist Benjamin Martinez, 55, of Peth Amboy.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Rivera was transported to CentraState Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. Wood was medi-vaced to Jersey Shore with serious injuries. He is still being treated there.  Martinez was transported to Jersey Shore where he was treated and released. The 17-year-old and her two passengers were transported to Jersey Shore for precautionary reasons and were released.

The Prosecutor’s Office is still investigating this accident.

Eric Wendt June 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I was there, God bless all the people involved, Horrible tragedy.
John Hayes June 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Certainly appears that standard procedure was not followed, with tragic consequences.
Carol June 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Jason Rivera left behind 2 small children. If you go on Facebook, to JSHN, there is information on where to send donations to his children. Eric you're right, it was a horrible tragedy and God bless all the people involved.
debra June 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Horrible accident. I pray every time my husband gets on his bike and goes for a ride, i gave up riding with him after seeing and accident right in front of me,that scared me forever,I pray for the family of Jason, And lets not forgt that poor 17 year old girl. what she will have to deal with as well. so sad.
jbreeze June 27, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I was there, 10 car lengths from the accident.. Here is the story... Up until the accident we had very little police presence.. here and there in a few towns. Right before the accident NJ state trooper was passing the entire group of bikers going up hill... Thats the first thing that went wrong!! What kind of law enforcement officer would do such a stupid thing? That was the 2nd or 3rd time the trooper passed in a dangerous manner.. once almost running into us to avoid a car exiting a driveway..like he had some emergency to go to.. At the time of the accident, had it been 5 seconds later and the trooper would have had no place to go except head on with SUV or into the lane of bikers, but he managed to get back into our lane before the big crash!! Second thing going wrong, The riders (mainly Roughneck gang) that were doing traffic stops were passing on curves, inclines and every other chance to get ahead of bikers as if it they owned the road with not a care in the world in regards to our safety.. Every time they blew past me.. I thought someone is going to get killed!! About 10 miles before we finished.. when the trooper was going up hill passing in wrong lane, he came back into our lane avoiding collision.. 2 bikes following way to fast and way to close could not avoid collision with car..
roadrunner June 27, 2012 at 09:00 PM
As a rider, I too have participated in rides which were run WAY TOO DANGEROUS. Those rides will not see me or my bike again! i would not be surprised if this is going to cause some type of legislation out ot Trenton which will ban organized group rides of this type, and only allow Poker Runs where everyone rides at their own pace, not as a group.
Stevo June 28, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Now THAT's just what we need......more legislation, more laws, and more restrictions depriving us of our freedoms! I've ridden in MANY organized motorcycle events, usually to benefit a charity or a military organization; and it's rare that I've seen unsafe riding practices by bikers or anybody else! Driving, flying, motorcycle riding, boating, jumping out of airplanes, scuba diving, and a host of other hobbies and practices involve risk! It's insane to scream for more restrictions, just because a few do something stupid! My heart goes out to ALL those involved in this tragic accident....but let's not condemn the masses, because of the mistakes of a few!
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