EAST WINDSOR, NJ – A bicycling accident killed a former South Brunswick Post and Cranbury Press reporter Saturday, police said.
Joseph Harvie, 36, of Monroe Township died after being hit by a car after turning his bicycle left on Route 33 and Airport Road in East Windsor at 12:06 p.m. Saturday, police said in a press release.
According to police, Harvie was traveling south on Route 33 on a bicycle when he attempted to make a left turn on Airport Road, entering the path of a 2000 Mercury Cougar driven by Jake Hopfinger, 64, of Hightstown.
Emergency crews transported Harvie to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Police said they are continuing to investigate the crash.
Harvie worked leading the Monroe Township Division of Public Information, wrote a quarterly newsletter called The Monroe News and was the official township photographer, according to his LinkedIn page online.
Prior to that he was an award-winning journalist for the South Brunswick Post and Cranbury Press newspapers as part of the Princeton Packet chain.
“Joe was truly a great guy,” Hank Kalet, former managing editor of both the Post and Press said Sunday. “He was a bulldog, willing to do the hard work necessary to do the job right.”
Kalet said that he was the kind of reporter that he could count on to bring back the story.
“It’s what made him a good reporter,” Kalet said. “I’ll miss him and my heart breaks for his family and fiancé.”
Packet Publications Publisher Jim Kilgore reflected on the role Harvie played in that organization.
“I was saddened to hear of Joe’s passing,” Kilgore said Sunday. “Joe was an important part of our editorial team when he worked with us.”
South Brunswick Police Capt. Jim Ryan also praised Harvie’s efforts covering that town, relating a time when he went without a coat in freezing weather because he did not want to miss the story.
“Joe was one of the hardest working reporters I have worked with,” Ryan said. “When Joe wrote a story, he covered all bases and didn’t shy away from asking tough questions. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.”
A bicycling enthusiast, Harvie planned on making a 100-mile ride from Morristown to Parsippany to benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in September, according to his Facebook page.
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