UPDATE: Four-Vehicle Accident Injures Motorcyclist, Rider at Vaughn, Route 37

Driver that struck motorcyclist charged with DWI

Toms River Township Polive Officer Steven Schwartz was conducting an investigation into a suspected driving under the influence driver on Route 37 westbound, just east of Vaughn Avenue on Saturday evening, when he witnessed a pickup truck strike a motorcycle and three other cars just after 10 p.m.

Investigation found that Carl Heer, 51, was operating a 1995 Ford westbound when he struck a 1980 Yamaha motorcycle pushing it 300 feet before smashing into two other cars stopped at the traffic signal. 

Heer was charged with DWI

The operator of the motor cycle, Nicholas Gerofsky, 19, of Browns Mills and his passenger Brooke Hiis, 24, of Bayville were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center Trauma Center, Neptune, by the Silverton First Aid Squad. 

Jamie Cunningham, 17, of Toms River whose 2002 Pontiac was struck and Jennifer Mergogey, 25, of Manchester whose 2012 Kia was struck were not injured.   

Assisting in the investigation were Officer Jason Putkowski, Traffic Safety Officer Brian Doyle and Sergeant Michael Miller.

Traffic safety Officer Schwartz also charged the operator of the vehicle originally stopped Jean Ryan, 53, of Jackson with DWI.



J P M June 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM
For some strang reason drivers do not pay attention to motorcycles or even see them at all. The results are always bad for bike riders. I used to ride. It's like your not even there ! !
Wallace C Smith Jr. June 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Most drivers only see 'roof lines'. I used to ride also but now I notice the same problem in my convertible, put the top down, no roof, no vehicle. Put it up and you're normal again! With a bike and only a 'head' traveling by, you don't stand a chance!!
GaryR June 17, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Both of you hit the nail on the head! Well said...
deathpenaltyforcopkillers June 17, 2012 at 02:29 PM
A reflective vest is always a good idea if you are riding. They are thin and lightweight and not that uncomfortable to wear. But drivers do need to be more alert for motorcycles.
orchid95 June 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I have to say it's so hard to see motorcycles in your blind spot. I have almost changed lanes and noticed at the last minute a motorcycle next to me. I drive a Ford Explorer now and the driver side blind spot is horrible. I always take extra care when changing lanes. BUT I'd also lik to point out some Motocycle Riders (not all) drive carelessly..weaving in and out of the lanes and in between the cars in tight spots because they can. I am trying to teach my 17 y.o. to be cautious of them but some of them don't make it easy.
John June 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Kinda hard to not notice Harleys blowing out your ear drums or rice rockets whizzing past you going over 100 mph. Besides,we're talking about Rt. 37 in the summer where there is crazy driving every day. For some reason there has to be a drag race at every light to the bridge.
ME June 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Are you kidding me, the motorcycle was hit from the rear, no blind spots and stopped at a red light, not weaving in and out of traffic. This was clearly the pickup trucks fault not paying attention, probably rubbernecking the person getting the sobriety test on the side of the road
orchid95 June 17, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I wasn't implying that this was the motorcyclist fault. I was actually just making an observation about how hard it is to see motorcycles while driving and changing lanes. Nothing to do with thos particular accident. Which we can assume was the person who hit the motorcycle and 2 other vehicles fault. It seems obvious but then so was my innocent comment that you got all uptight about probably like someone driving down the road who gets road rage. By the way the articla does not state they were stopped at a red light or that the other cars were stopped at all
So Much to Say June 17, 2012 at 08:04 PM
With the horrible way people drive now a days , I feel more comforatable having 4 wheels and lots of metal surrounding my body. You gotta be insane to drive a motorcycle in this state.
1stcav June 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Orchid95: Read again ....Ah...hit the motor cycle and two other cars STOPPED at a traffic signal...Duh!
PJ Ortley June 18, 2012 at 03:26 AM
The real problem is that despite the warnings people drink and drive - and get away with it. The driver got a DWI and apparently caused severe injury. He deserves severe punishment.
orchid95 June 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM
1stcav: I read the original article which did NOT state that. I went back and checked to see if I was mistaken before my response at the time...but THANKS for your intelligent response it was very helpful in the conversation.
Nicholas Gerofsky June 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
i am lucky to be alive. he almost killed my passanger and he was drunk. enough said N.G.
Heather Hiis June 18, 2012 at 09:03 PM
My sister was the passenger if any of you think it was nick's fault you are out of your mind. I am lucky to have my sister alive!...Her and Nick both are extremely lucky and I am blessed to have my sister still.
Heather Hiis June 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
hey thank god you guys are ok...I am still so thankful that my sister is alive. You both must of had angels that night.
Nicholas Gerofsky June 19, 2012 at 01:48 AM
i am so sorry she got put through that. and as far as luck, that isnt a strong enough word. miracle is more like it. and thanks for backing me up with this. it helps knowing her family knows i did EVERYTHING possible to keep her safe. and make sure she was ok...


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