AversanoJoseph Aversano with his prized Ford, which he dubbed the Broad Street Bomber.

A 26-year-old Red Bank man died Friday when he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a truck on the Long Island Expressway.

Joseph Aversano worked in the securities industry in Manhattan and was passionate about motor sports. A friend, Jessica Paviluk, tells us he was also devoted to Red Bank, his home for the past three years. He’d recently had a Ford Model A he owned rebuilt, and he named it the ‘Broad Street Bomber.’

“After a year of waiting for this thing to be rebuilt, he had been cruising around Red Bank the past couple of weeks,” Paviluk tells us.

The car was rebuilt by Mel Stultz of Neptune, a well-known restorer of classic wheels. The photo above was taken the day Aversano got the car back from the shop, Paviluk says.

“Everyone knew his cars and his motorcycles and his love for life,” she says. “Joe was the most happy-go-lucky guy and would always put a smile on your face.”

Today’s Asbury Park Press has the obituary.

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