SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Speed was a factor in the Sunday morning motorcycle crash that seriously injured a South River man, police said Tuesday.

According to police, Justin Ratiner, 20, of South River, was exceeding the speed limit while traveling west on Deans Rhode Hall Road Sunday morning on his 2010 Yamaha R-1 motorcycle.

Police said that Ratiner failed to negotiate a curve and struck a guardrail off the right side of the road just past the Fresh Ponds Road intersection, throwing him 90 feet into the woods at 8:45 a.m. in the morning.

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The motorcycle traveled another 300 feet along the road before coming to rest, police said.

South Brunswick EMS and paramedics rushed Ratiner to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with multiple life-threatening injuries, police said.

He was then rushed into surgery and is now listed in serious condition, according to police.

The crash closed the road for four hours as South Brunswick Traffic Officer Frank Mongalieri investigated the accident.

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