Little Egg Harbor man struck and killed while riding bicycle on Route 72 in Stafford

STAFFORD – A Little Egg Harbor man was killed after he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle on Route 72 on Monday night, according to township police.

Nelson Hoover, 61, was pronounced dead at nearby Southern Ocean Medical Center, police said.

The accident took place about 9:40 p.m. as Hoover was bicycling on the westbound side of the state highway near the entrance to the Garden State Parkway, according to police.

Ronald Sheehy, 55, of Waretown, was driving the 2012 Jeep that struck Hoover. Sheehy was going west on Route 72 and was in the process of transitioning into the far right lane to access the north ramp of the Parkway when the vehicle and bicycle collided, police said.

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“The investigation does not indicate any careless operation or speed as a contributing factor in the collision by Sheehy,” police said in a statement. “It was further observed that the bicyclist was wearing dark clothing, and the collision occurred in an area of Route 72 that was not well-lit.”

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For about two hours after the crash, traffic was reduced to a single lane, police said.

The incident remains under investigation by Patrolman Justin Pascale of the Stafford Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.

Anyone in the public who witnessed the crash or who may have other pertinent information about it, is asked to contact Pascale at at [email protected]

Contact Asbury Park Press reporter Erik Larsen at [email protected]

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