TOMS RIVER — A motorcycle riding lesson in a parking lot turned deadly when he lost control Sunday evening.

Nicholas Cacciapaglia, 24 of Toms River, was learning to ride a Harley Davidson in the parking lot of Ocean County Power Sports on Route 37 around 7:30 p.m., according to Toms River police spokeswoman Jillian Messina.

Cacciapaglia's motorcycle hopped the curb and went down on Route 37, causing him to slide into the center lane where he was fatally struck by a passing vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, Dominick Maruca, 62 of Toms River, was not believed to be impaired and no charges were issued, according to Messina.

Ocean County Power Sports was closed at the time of the crash and did not own the motorcycle, officials said.

Cacciapaglia attended Toms River High School East, Ocean County Vocational Technical High School and Ocean County College. He worked at R & H Spring and Truck Repair in Wall Township.

The westbound lanes of Route 37 were closed for several hours after the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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