Manchester Township Police Department announced that on Thursday, October 14, at approximately 9:13 p.m., officers responded to the area of Route 70 and Pleasant Valley Road for the report of a motorcycle collision with injuries.
Police said that upon arrival, officers located a heavily damaged 2007 Harley Davidson FXD and the incapacitated driver lying off of the roadway.
The investigation revealed that the operator of the motorcycle, 73-year-old Lawrence Foca of Manchester, was traveling east on Route 70 when he lost control of the motorcycle and ran off the right portion of the roadway.
According to the investigation, the motorcycle collided with a street sign, ejecting the driver. The motorcycle continued traveling, overturning several times before crashing into a tree and coming to final rest in the roadway.
Police said that the motorcyclist was wearing a DOT-approved helmet at the time of the collision and sustained a severe leg injury.
According to police officials, Mr. Foca was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River by Manchester EMS, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
The crash remains under investigation by Sergeant Ian Bole and Patrolman Connor Yatauro of the Manchester Township Police Department Traffic Safety section.