Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)
Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Police say a motorist making an improper left turn was the cause of an accident that caused serious injury to another driver.

The accident occurred Wednesday at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Whitesville Road and Route 70.

According to a statement from police, John Troncone, 25 of Jackson, was traveling east on Route 70, on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, with a green traffic signal when Robin Smith, 44 year of Berkeley Township, made a left onto Whitesville Road in front of the motorcycle.


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Smith was treated at the scene for minor injuries, however Troncone’s leg was severed in the accident and he was flown to Jersey Shore Medical University for treatment.

Toms River Police Officer Bridget Badalis is credited with applying two life-saving tourniquets to Troncone’s leg on scene. Also responding to the scene was Toms River Traffic Safety officers, several patrol officers, county crime scene investigators, and Hatzolah EMS.

Toms River Traffic Safety Officer Terry Warren is investigating the accident. Smith was cited for failure to yield at an intersection, reckless driving, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

“We would like to thank the several good Samaritans who stopped and rendered aid immediately while awaiting police and first aid arrival,” police said in the statement.