A Jackson Township man is in critical condition following a collision with a motor vehicle in the early hours of Sunday morning in Manchester Township.

The preliminary details of the Sunday accident were released by the Manchester Township Police Department.

It was an accident where the motor vehicle trying to make a turn didn't see the other driver coming. 

Accident between Route 571 and Ridgeway Boulevard in Manchester Township

Manchester Police responded around 12:30 am on Sunday morning and learned that the driver of a Toyota Highlander, 38-year-old Ryan Niemiec of New Egypt, was trying to turn left from Route 571 onto Ridgeway Boulevard when he was hit by an orange dirt bike/motorcycle on the driver's side of the SUV.

As a result of the collision, the SUV sustained extensive front driver's side damage, police said, but the driver reported no injuries.

The dirt bike, found on its side when officers arrived, did not have any lighting devices, according to police.

Emergency 911 Scene
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The driver of the motorcycle, 29-year-old Zachary Childs of Jackson suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was brought up to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune City via medevac and is currently in critical condition.

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Manchester Police are still investigating the crash, but right now they said that the "lack of any lamps or illuminating devices on the motorcycle appears to be a contributing factor." 

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
(Photo Courtesy: Eric Muench/Hackensack Meridian Health)

In addition to Manchester Police at the scene were "members of Jackson, and Toms River Emergency Service EMTs, as well as Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics, and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department."

Manchester Township Police Patrolman Keith Douglas of the department’s Traffic Safety section is taking the lead on the crash investigation.

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