MANCHESTER – A township man was pronounced dead after losing control of his motorbike on Route 70 on Thursday evening, police said.
Lawrence Foca, 73, was found by police just after 9:00 p.m. lying on the grass near the freeway near Pleasant Valley Road with a disabled Harley Davidson FXD in the middle of the street, officials said.
An investigation revealed that Foca was heading east on the roadway when he lost control of the motorcycle, hit a traffic sign and was thrown from the motorcycle, authorities said.
Investigators found the motorcycle had overturned several times before crashing into a tree and landing in the middle of the road, officials said.
Foca, who was wearing a DOT-approved helmet at the time of the crash, was taken to Toms River Community Medical Center for treatment for a serious leg injury, police said.
He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead later Thursday evening, authorities said.
An ongoing investigation is being carried out by Sergeant Ian Bole and Patroller Connor Yatauro of the Manchester Township Police Department Road Safety Unit.
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