MIMS, FLORIDA - The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a Manahawkin man, Ralph Napoli, age 64, was killed at 7:45 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 95 at mile marker 227.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a 2003 Nissan 350 Z driven by Anthony Keyes-Walls, 21, of Titusville, Florida was traveling southbound on I-95, in the left lane.
Napoli was riding his 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle southbound on I-95, in front of Keyes-Walls. Napoli loved motorcycles and was in Daytona with his son Dominic and friends ready to enjoy Daytona Bike Week according to his obituary from the Thomas Shinn Funeral Home in Manahawkin.
Mr. Napoli's obituary continued:
Ralph is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Karen (neé Kifner), his devoted children; son, Dominic and his wife Jennifer, and his daughter, Denise Gant and her husband Jesse and his 3 precious granddaughters and grandson, all who were the apple of his eye. He is also survived by his loving siblings, his sister, JoAnn Iachetta and her husband Peter, his brothers; Louie and his wife Karen, Charles and his wife Holly, Angelo and his wife Lisa, Anthony and his wife Laura, Giuseppe and Michael, his many caring nieces and nephews and his constant companions, Pebbles and Marina. Ralph was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Sally Napoli and his brother, Angelo.
He was born in Caltanissetta, Sicily, moving to America when he was 6 years old. His parents settled in Newark, NJ and then East Hanover, NJ. Ralph and Karen lived in Fairfield, NJ where they raised their family. He owned and operated NAPCO Truck and Auto Repair in both Caldwell, NJ and Fairfield, NJ until he and Karen moved to Manahawkin.
Once settled in Manahawkin, he started NAPS Dockside Marine where he was a Marine Mechanic.
Ralph held his Captain License and enjoyed sailing on his boat, the Net Prophet. He was an avid fisherman, fishing especially for game fish such as Tuna, Mako Shark and Mahi-Mahi. He also enjoyed traveling and cruising with Karen. One of his favorites past times was sitting in his backyard, drinking coffee, watching the ducks go by.
He loved to just sit and watch life. For one season, he drove the safari truck at Great Adventure in Jackson, it was a time of many laughs and good memories for him and his family. Ralph will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. “We are always in such a rush, that we forget to sit back and enjoy the journey.”
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23rd at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 450 Radio Rd. Little Egg Harbor, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph’s name may be sent to the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, PO Box 4886 Mooresville, NC 28117 ATTN: Emily Brown or online at martintruexjrfoundation.org To leave online condolences, please visit www.shinnfuneralhome.com The Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that according to witnesses, Keyes-Walls was driving at a high rate of speed and aggressively.
As Keyes-Walls approached the rear of Napoli’s motorcycle, Keyes-Walls failed to slow, and the front of the car struck the rear of the motorcycle. Napoli was then forced off of the roadway and struck a tree. The 350 Z briefly caught fire, after the impact.
Keyes-Walls suffered minor injuries in the crash and passenger Timothy Flores, 22, of Titusville, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a blood sample was drawn from Keyes-Walls and all charges will be pending the completion of the investigation.