FAIR HAVEN: KOCH RECALLED WITH HUMOR

koch funeral 120414Pallbearers with the casket of Councilman Jerome Koch, below, who died Sunday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Koch 2008Friends and family eulogized Fair Haven Councilman Jerome A. Koch, Jr. with love and humor in the form of some of his favorite aphorisms Thursday, four days after he died from injuries suffered in a bicycling accident on River Road.

Setting aside the “nightmare” circumstances of Koch’s death, one of his four children told a packed Church of the Nativity that her father “would be telling us to knock off with the crying.”

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FAIR HAVEN: KOCH CRITICAL AFTER CRASH

jerome koch 112811Councilman Jerome Koch speaking during a council meeting at the Knollwood School in November, 2011. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1Fair Haven Councilman Jerome Koch was critically injured in a bicycling accident on River Road Saturday afternoon, according to Mayor Ben Lucarelli.

Koch, a retiree who has served on the council since 2006, was riding westbound near Elm Place when he swerved into the traffic lane and was rear-ended by a vehicle at about 3:30 p.m., Lucarelli said.

“It was a severe impact,” said Lucarelli, who arrived on the scene moments later.

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FAIR HAVEN: SERIOUS CRASH AT BIKE RACE

fh tour 091513Racing action at Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven following the first-race accident. (Click to enlarge)

just_in1A rider in the first race of Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven series of bike races was seriously injured in a crash, police confirmed to redbankgreen.

The rider, whose identity is not yet being disclosed, was transported by MONOC helicopter to the trauma center at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune following the collision shortly after 7 a.m., according to Sergeant Jesse Dykstra.

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RUMSON MAN HURT IN MIDDLETOWN CRASH


A Rumson man was helicoptered to a trauma center after his car struck a tree on Navesink River Road in Middletown Monday evening.

Frank Caccavo, Jr., 54 remained hospitalized at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune with unspecified injuries after a 45-minute extrication from the wreck by emergency personnel.

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PEDESTRIAN STRUCK ON HARDING ROAD

Emergency responders tend to an unidentified pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Harding Road, on the border of Little Silver and Fair Haven, shortly after 3 a.m. Friday. The victim was expected to be transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital. No information about the incident was immediately available. Right, police look for evidence in the flowerbed outside the Alderbrook community. (Click to enlarge)

MEDEVACED RACER OK AFTER BIKE CRASH

Shots from Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven.

A rider in Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven pro-level bike race suffered superficial injuries in a crash that led to his being helicoptered to a hospital, a race official tell redbankgreen.

The rider, who is believed to have lost consciousness in the crash, was treated for a “major cut above his eye” and remained hospitalized at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune Monday morning, said race founder Michele Berger.

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