A patch of loose gravel in Manchester sends a motorcycle careening, which sends the driver airborne, and then sends him to hospitalization.

Whiting crash site, Sunday 4-16-17 (Manchester PD)
Whiting crash site, Sunday 4-16-17 (Manchester PD)

Thomas G. Pelletier, 69, of Nanuet, New York, was hospitalized at Community Medical Center in Toms River Sunday, for injuries that police described as moderate, but non-life-threatening.

They noted that he did not wear a helmet meeting safety standards set by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT).

Officers called to Whiting Memorial Park at about 12:17 PM said that they found Pelletier lying on Route 530 near the entrance, his 1999 Harley Davidson FLS nearby.

According to police, Pelletier was westbound on Route 530 and engaged in a turn to enter the park when his bike hit the gravel. The motorcycle hit the curb and continued into a concrete sign, at which point he was ejected from his seat.

A Quality Medical Transport team assisted on site. The crash investigation is headed by Patrolman Ian Bole.

Manchester authorities, pointing out a spate of significant motorcycle crashes, some fatal, urge riders and drivers to be sure that helmets meet DOT specifications.

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