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Vehicle Collides with ATV on Route 37 Sending One to Local Hospital in Manchester

By rlsmetro on
Manchester Township

According to police, on Saturday, at approximately 6:30 pm, officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the intersection of State Highway 37 and Commonwealth Boulevard to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle and an ATV.

Police said upon arrival, officers observed a red, 2004 Pontiac Grand Am and a blue, Yamaha Raptor 350 ATV in the eastbound lanes of State Highway 37.

The Pontiac had front-end damage and the ATV had damage to its front and right side.

The investigation revealed that the Pontiac was making a left turn onto Route 37 from Commonwealth Boulevard, when the ATV entered Route 37 from the wooded area adjacent to the southern shoulder, according to police.

Police say in doing so, the ATV entered into the Pontiac’s lane of travel, at which time, the two vehicles collided. The driver of the Pontiac, Mr. Timothy Riggs, 37, and his front-seat passenger, Ms. Tonya Smith, 37, both of Toms River, were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision and were uninjured.

The operator of the ATV, identified Mr. Tyler Moran of Toms River, 18, was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

Police say Mr. Moran sustained a severe injury to his left leg and was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Assisting at the scene were EMTs from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, as well as paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

The crash caused delays on State Highway 37 while officers conducted the investigation.

This crash is being investigated by Patrolman Michael O'Hara of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit.