MANCHESTER — A Jackson man was not wearing a helmet before a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon on Pasadena Road involving another motorcyclist.
Paul Brinkman, 66, and Toms River resident Michael Varcadipane, 57, were driving east together through the Whiting section of Manchester at around 2.15 p.m. Brinkman was in staggered formation behind Varcadipane, police said.
Investigators discovered that Varcadipane had spotted a disabled motorcyclist on the side of the road. He started slowing down and pulling on the shoulder.
But Brinkman didn’t notice the motorcycle in front of him. He crashed into Varcadipane’s blue 2018 Indian Chieftain motorcycle and they both lost control.
Both Brinkman and Varcadipane were thrown from their motorcycles. While Varcadipane wore a helmet, Brinkman was not.
Officers arrived at the scene near the intersection with Mt. Misery Road to find Brinkman seriously injured. He was pronounced dead a short time later despite rescue measures.
Varcadipane was injured in the right side but refused to seek treatment.
“The accident investigation is still ongoing, but at this stage following too closely and driver inattention appear to be the main contributing factors,” police said.
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