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Bridgewater Firefighter, 33, Killed in Motorcycle Crash; Services in Somerville

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Kevin McMorrow Credits: Used with permission of Country Hills Volunteer Fire Department and the McMorrow family
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Credits: Used with permission of Country Hills Volunteer Fire Department and the McMorrow family
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FLEMINGTON, NJ - Officials here are investigating an SUV and motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of a South Bound Brook man who was a volunteer firefighter in Bridgewater.

Kevin McMorrow, 33, was killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV at the intersection of Main Street in Lebanon and Route 22 east in Clinton Township, according to a press release issued by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns.

The SUV was driven by 28-year-old Shannon Bowman of Lebanon, according to law enforcement sources.

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According to county Chief of Detectives John Kuczynski, the wreck happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday on Route 22 east after the SUV entered the crossover of the divided highway from Route 22 west. The driver is cooperating with the investigation, he said, adding that impairment by drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. 

McMorrow was a volunteer member of the Country Hills Fire Department in Bridgewater.

According to its website, McMorrow was a member of the fire department since December, 2003. He climbed through the ranks, reaching as high as Second Assistant Chief. He also served for many years as a trustee on the department’s executive board.

Emergency crews from Annandale and Lebanon Fire responded as well as Whitehouse Rescue Squad and paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center.

“It is important for every motorist on the roadway to be aware that motorcycles share the road with us, especially during the summer months,” Kearns said in the press release. “Because of a motorcycle’s narrow profile, it can easily be hidden in a car’s blind side or masked by objects."

He cited the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s reasoning that because there are many more trucks and cars than motorcycles on the road, some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle and unintentionally ignore it. 

Kearns reported that the crash remains under investigation and urged anyone with information to contact the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office Accident Investigation Unit or the Clinton Township Police Department.

A funeral service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church on West High Street in Somerville. Burial will be at St. Bernard’s Cemetery on Route 28 in Bridgewater.

Viewings will be held Monday at Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home on North Gaston Avenue in Somerville, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

The joint investigation into the crash is led by Kearns, Kuczynski and Clinton Township Police Lieutenant/Officer in Charge Douglas Higgins. It involves the county Accident Investigation Unit, the Clinton Township Police Department and the State Police Accident Investigation Unit.

 

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