SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – While police are hoping a broken side mirror will help them find a driver that allegedly hit a bicyclist on Ridge Road Feb. 1, the case has brought another motorist in that said they also hit a cyclist on the other side of town, police said.
Capt. Jim Ryan said Thursday that during the investigation of the hit and run on Ridge Road Feb. 1, another driver turned themselves in for allegedly striking a bicyclist on Broadway Road.
“It was a separate case,” Ryan said.
While the one motorist came clean in the Broadway Road incident, police are using a broken off side mirror from the Ridge Road case to hopefully find that driver.
Police are looking for the public’s assistance with identifying the motorist who struck and injured a bicyclist on Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m., officials said.
During the incident a bicyclist, identified as Wayne Woogen, 64, of Monmouth Junction, was struck at the intersection of Ridge Road and Perrine Road by a vehicle.
After the crash, the vehicle continued down Ridge Road to Route 1 without stopping, police said. The bicycle and the vehicle were both traveling west on Ridge Road away from the South Brunswick High School area towards Route 1 at the time of the crash, police said.
Woogen was transported by South Brunswick EMS and paramedics to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick where he was treated for a head injury and later released, police said.
At the crash scene, police recovered parts of the car that struck the victim, including a passenger side mirror.
Police said there were several witnesses to the crash, and they also recovered video from the area.
The vehicle is described as a silver or grey four-door sedan, police said.
Sgt. Gary Holsten of the South Brunswick Traffic Safety Bureau described the crash as a “side swipe”
“We want the driver to come forward and explain what happened,” he said.
Woogen also weighed in on the accident in a Letter To The Editor earlier this week.
After thanking the first responders that attended to him, Woogen had some words for the driver.
“To the coward who accelerated from the scene immediately after sending me sprawling across the road, I appeal to you to please refrain from getting behind the wheel of a car again,” his letter said. “You’ve already proven that your moral compass is non-existent by leaving the scene and you are a time bomb driving on our public roads. I am afraid the next victim may not be as lucky as me.”
Capt. Ryan appealed to drivers to watch out for people on bicycles as they travel through the township.
Anyone who has information on the Feb. 1 crash is asked to call South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Bureau at (732) 329-4646.
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