A motorcycle crash yesterday killed one and left a second person in critical condition.
According to authorities, on a July 5th at approximately 10:20 pm, the Jackson Township Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident investigation Unit responded to the area of South New Prospect Road and Oak Drive to investigate a fatal motorcycle crash observed by a Jackson Township Patrol unit on South New Prospect Road at Oak Drive.
The partnering agencies investigation, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff’s CSI Unit, and review of the patrol unit’s MVR (Mobile Video Recorder) video extracted by the Ocean County Prosecutors High Tech Crime Unit found that a 2004 Red Yamaha 999 Motorcycle, driven by Anthony Griffin, 22, of Jackson Township, was traveling eastbound on Brewers Bridge Road approaching South New Prospect Road when a Jackson Township marked patrol unit observed Griffin fail to stop for the red traffic signal.
Officials say Griffin drove through the red stop light without stopping and turned right heading south onto South New Prospect Road. The Jackson patrol followed and activated his overhead lights to initiate a motor vehicle stop. At this time, Griffin accelerated at a high rate of speed for approximately 10 seconds approaching Oak Drive where his motorcycle struck the driver side door of a 2008 Grey Hyundai Elantra, driven by Eric Larson, 24, of Jackson Township, who was making a left hand turn to head northbound on South New Prospect Road.
As a result of the crash, Anthony Griffin was pronounced deceased on scene. Eric Larson was transported to Jersey Shore Medical where he is listed in critical condition.
The investigation also found the motorcycle was unregistered with fictitious license plates attached.