BELMAR, NJ — The 48-year-old motorcyclist critically injured while traveling over the Route 35 bridge on June 23 has been identified as Robert Newell of Bradley Beach, according to a Belmar police report.
At about 12:50 p.m., Newell lost control of his 2004 Yamaha when he came over the top of the span at a high rate of speed and started going downhill, where several vehicles were stopped at the traffic light at the base of the bridge, the report said.
“Based on the skidmarks observed in the roadway, it was determined that (Newell) had locked out his rear brakes and lost control of his vehicle,” according to the police report.
At that point, Newell hit the curb on the inside of the roadway, causing him to be thrown from his red motorcycle, hitting the front of the guardrail before landing in the roadway and sliding underneath another vehicle, based on eyewitness accounts cited in the police report.
Newell’s motorcycle continued to slide down between the center guiderail and vehicles stopped in traffic, causing minor damage to at least one car.
There were no other reported injuries, except to Newell, who was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit, the statement continued. His current condition is unknown.
According to several eyewitnesses who talked to police, Newell appeared to be traveling with a group of motorcyclists merging from Memorial Drive onto the Route 35 bridge over the Shark River. They claim the cyclists were traveling at a high rate of speed, “weaving in and out of traffic and with each other.”
Tre Alequin, 22, of Neptune said he was part of that group of between 10 and 15 motorcyclists who met in Asbury Park — organized through a Facebook page — in order to ride out together to a motorcycle convention in Philadelphia.
While Alequin said he did not know Newell or any of the other motorcyclists, he said he was “riding somewhere” behind Newell when remembers seeing him “ragdoll” off the guardrail and slide underneath a vehicle. Alequin was the only motorcyclist from the group to stop at the crash scene, the police report said.
No charges have been filed related to the incident, which is under investigation by the Belmar Police Department Detective Bureau and Traffic Safety Unit.
Belmar police was assisted at the crash scene by the Belmar First Aid Squad, Belmar Fire Department, Neptune Township Police Department and Office of Emergency Management.
The bridge, which connects Belmar and Neptune City, was closed to traffic for a brief time after the incident, according to traffic reports.
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