Prosecutor’s Office Still Investigating Motorcycle Crash that Killed Middletown Man

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

A Middletown 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. A third collision occurred when Rivera’s motorcycle was thrown into the eastbound lane and hit motorcyclist Benjamin Martinez, 55, of Perth 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 medivaced to Jersey Shore with serious injuries. He is still being treated there.  Martinez was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center 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.

Francisco d'Anconia June 26, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Why do these people on motorcycles think that they can shut down intersections anyway?
LD June 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Perhaps people in cars should learn to respect bikers a bit more. It was a charity run escorted by state troopers and the motorcycle club was asked to help close intersections as there weren't enough troopers for the amount of bikers that showed up. Know the facts before you start to judge!
Francisco d'Anconia June 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The facts clearly state that the motorcycle was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane when it crashed head on into a vehicle traveling west in the westbound lane. Hmmmmm. What should the car have done that could have been more respectful? Only law enforcement officers can close intersections not motorcycle clubs. The poor kid driving that car.
Steve c June 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Your all a bunch of retards !!!! It was a charity "bike run" !!!! And the club members are active and retired public Safety personnel such as cops fireman and so forth. That girl should have been paying more attention and there is another reason the drivers license age should be 21
P June 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Please keep in mind someone lost a fiance', father, son & friend. The man was volunteering & it is not unusual for a MC club to be provided the authorization to assist a police department in traffic direction during these events. How about we charge the charity for the police officers overtime? Maybe a taxpayer that does not volunteer his time for charity? Give me a break!! The other driver I am sure is traumatized as well. How about a community pull it together!!
Francisco d'Anconia June 26, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Are you nucking futz stevie ? Someone is illegally passing, while going up a hill (with no line of sight no less) and failing to yield and causes an accident, injuries and assorted mayhem (thankfully there were not even more injuries or property damage) - and you want to blame the driver of the vehicle that was doing absolutely nothing wrong? You are the genius of the day. By the way - volunteer firemen, retired public safety workers and so forth cannot close intersections.
Mary McDonald June 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I was on that run on Sunday, June 24 and while I have ridden a bike since I was 17, (I am 58 now) the bikes running point (blockers) from the Roughneck MC were being careless the entire run. Sorry guys, on RT. 526 in Lakewood one went on the far left of the road to get around cars making left hand turns and I mean on the far left of the east bound lane. ON Rt. 72 one passed on the right of us doing 80-90 mph. It seemed to be a free for all. Also on Rt. 72 two were riding in the east bound lane forcing the cars heading east to the shoulder, playing chicken with the cars. It was insane. Yes it is nice to have the roads blocked but was it worth a life. May he ride safe in Heaven, Amen.
adam g June 26, 2012 at 06:50 PM
How about instead of pointing fingers and assigning blame we chalk it up to a very unfortunate accident? Children lost a father, a seventeen year old is traumatized for life, another man lays in a hospital with injuries from which he'll never fully recover, and we are wondering who is at fault? Stuff happens. It's sad. Move on and help those left cope with the incident and its effects.
gongshow22 June 26, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Adam, by finding out who did what will enable this to not happen again...more lives lost.
Michael Howlett June 26, 2012 at 08:34 PM
To all that post comments here. Please refrain from your negative comments at this time. Jay was a personal friend of mine & my wife's best friend. This is a time of sorrow & friends & family of Jason don't need the negativity right now. He leaves behind 2 small children & a loving family. He did this charity ride for the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies & passed away during a good cause. Despite the reasons clubs that do their own thing regarding the rules of the road this was for a good cause & had police permission to close intersections. We are all in deeply saddened. Thank you to those that give prayers & condolences to Jason Rivera. R.I.P Jason "Superman" Rivera 1979-2012 You will be missed
JosephGhabourLaw June 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
We wish our condolences to the families of those killed and injured. Our over-crowded roads require extra vigilance at all times.
X June 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
The police cannot give permission to close intersections.
Concerned Citizen June 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM
What we really need is for the NJSP to stop these escorts and for the ABC licensed establishments like the Cabin to be held accountable when these events go bad. I have seen poker runs, they are an excuse to drink and drive a motorcycle like a lunatic. The so called "road guards" pretend to have the authority to stop traffic in roads that have the right of way. I hope that the organizers get sued into oblivion.
Concerned Citizen June 27, 2012 at 01:30 AM
My advice to the young ladies involved in the accident: Get a good lawyer. Not a Monmouth County lawyer. Have that lawyer demand that the Prosecutors office get a warrant and seize the video recordings of the Cabin to see who was drinking what and for how long. Make sure that when you sue, you include the Cabin, the March of Dimes, the Roughnecks (they are a national club) as well as the individual cyclists. You might also want to have your lawyer issue some subpoenas for NJSP documents to see if that escort was authorized and run in accordance with policy. I doubt that the NJSP are authorized to allow "road Guards" to act in the manner that they did.
adam g June 27, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Really, gongshow? It's clear what happened. It's clear who did what. It's not even a question as to what happened. The question is blame, and there is nothing to be gained from finger pointing. Want to prevent it from ever happening again? organize the run on a route that will be closed to any and all outside traffic.
Jersey Girl 76 June 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Are you serious?!? People need to slow down with the sueing! Maybe the mc driver went over the line and put himself into harms way but let's be honest if it was an experienced driver they MAY have been able to negotiate properly to avoid the accident. Bottom line it was an unfortunate accident that lost a life and changed one forever but THERE IS NO NEED FOR THE 17 year old DRIVER TO SUE ANYONE!!! Let's just all agree to learn something from this and join together as a community for those closely affected by this ACCIDENT.
Jersey Girl 76 June 27, 2012 at 08:24 PM
SUE THE MARCH OF DIMES?!? What is wrong with you???
marie blasi June 27, 2012 at 09:43 PM
All that matters is that a family has lost their Dad, Husband , Son and Brother. I still believe that 17 is too young to drive and that car drivers are not really trained to see bikes..only trucks and other cars. And the best way to be the best motorcycle rider is to take courses like RENJ that do beginners and experienced riders courses cause you can always be a better rider. Sad day for everyone.
Jim June 28, 2012 at 01:48 AM
To Concerned Citizen and all the others who had nothing nice to say while Jason was only trying to insure all made it safe ...you all can go SUCK IT -
Noelle Allen June 28, 2012 at 04:55 PM
i completed agree with you. Its a tragic loss but why were they across teh double yellow passing bikers? obviously if wood came up a hill and saw the toyota it was a blind spot for both wood and the driver of the Toyota. this has nothing to do with respect for bikers, it has to do with not thinking you are allowed to drive the wrong way on the highway across a double line and illegally shut down an intersection... it very sad but was very preventable.
ilona July 09, 2012 at 08:19 AM
JayC July 21, 2012 at 12:58 AM
JayC July 21, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Who was flying the banner to tell on coming traffic that it was a charity bike run? And did you say they were Public SAFTY personnel, hmmmmmmmmm
Russell Breninger September 06, 2012 at 08:36 PM
My prayers are with all those effected by this unfortunate event.


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