LINCROFT: MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN CRASH

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2[Update, May 17: The victim in this crash was Marc Gardner, 62, of Long Branch, police said.]

A motorcyclist was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Lincroft Sunday afternoon, police said.

The crash occurred on West Front Street just east of Shady Oaks Way at 2:52 p.m., according to Deputy Chief Steve Dollinger.

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RED BANK: BIKER TAKES BROAD STREET SPILL

040415 rbaccident3Passersby and police tended to a motorcyclist who took a spill on Broad Street in downtown Red Bank around 1:45 p.m. Saturday. The biker, identified as Michael Rivers, 62, of Middletown, told police he was thrown when his rear wheel locked. He was transported to Riverview Medical Center with a minor leg injury. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: FAMILY WANTS CRASH CHARGES

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014The family of a motorcyclist killed in a crash on West Front Street in Middletown last September is pressing the Monmouth County Prosecutor to bring charges against a motorist, NJ.com reported Tuesday.

According to a press release issued two days after the September 4 crash by township police, 69-year-old Raymond Depalma was travelling eastbound on West Front Street when he was struck by a westbound vehicle attempting to make a left turn onto Harbor Green Circle.

Depalma was flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, he died five hours after the 3 p.m. crash

The driver of the other vehicle, Daniella Coccurello, 23, of Lincroft, was not immediately charged, police said at the time.

But Joel DePalma, one of Robert DePalma’s four sons, told NJ.com that Coccurello was issued a summons for using a phone while driving. He also said it’s undisputed that his father was not violating any traffic laws.

DePalma tells NJ.com that he and other family members have been asking the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office whether criminal charges will be filed, but aren’t getting answers.

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MIDDLETOWN CRASH KILLS MOTORCYCLIST

This just in from Middletown PD:

On September 4, 2013 at approximately 3:04pm the Middletown Police Department responded to the area of West Front Street and Harbor Green Circle in reference to a motor vehicle collision. Preliminary investigation revealed Robert Depalma, age 69, from Monroe Township, was operating a motor cycle travelling east bound on West Front Street when he was struck by a vehicle travelling west bound that was attempting to make a left turn onto Harbor Green Circle operated by Daniella Coccurello, age 23, from Lincroft, NJ.

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LITTLE SILVER: CAR AND MOTORCYLE COLLIDE

A motorcyclist appeared conscious and alert after a collision with a sedan on Branch Avenue at Pinckney Road in Little Silver shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. Further information was not immediately available. (Click to enlarge)

THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

c-murphy-backSea Bright Fire Chief Chad Murphy looks at a mock vehicle accident just before his and two other volunteer departments started extrication drills last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Tragedy hit Middletown twice last week, with a man dying in a motorcycle crash and a family perishing in a six-alarm fire.

A roundup of all of last week’s news below.

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WEAVING A WEB OF FULFILLMENT, FINALLY

black-widow1Black Widow Bike Works owner Joy Luv Montefusco, left, and her right-hand man, Mike Jastrzemski, are quietly making a name for themselves in the Red Bank area. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It was June of last year, and Joy Luv Montefusco was within a week of moving to Chicago with old art school friends to pursue poetry. She’d had enough.

Montefusco said she’d faced opposition from the moment she graduated the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Arizona, where she was laughed at for applying for a job at Harley-Davidson because she was a female. But even when she landed a job the company, Montefusco said she didn’t get a workbench to use.

“I worked on the floor, on my hands and knees, for the first four months,” Montefusco, 30, said. “A lot of the guys didn’t even talk to me.” She left the company after she was told she’d never make it as a mechanic, and started her own business, Black Widow Bike Works, in Toms River.

After three years of working long days in a rickety building trying to convince people that she could do top-notch work, Montefusco decided to give up her dream and pack it north. But then her girlfriend pushed her to give it one more shot. Read More »

NOT AN EMPTY SPOT IN THE LOT

In spite of wilting heat, the eighth annual Liberty Hose fire company car show drew some 320 exhibitors and several thousand spectators to the White Street municipal lot in Red Bank Sunday. We’ve got pix.

The event raises funds for scholarships.

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