Township of Manchester
Police said at around 2:17 p.m. Saturday, Manchester Township Police responded to Pasadena Road near the intersection of Mt. Misery Road in the Whiting section of the township to investigate a car accident involving two motorcycles.
Upon arrival, officers observed a black 2013 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle lying on its side next to the wood line on the eastbound shoulder of Pasadena Road and a blue 2018 Indian Chieftain motorcycle in the center of the lane in heading east, standing on his crutch.
According to the police, the driver of the Harley Davidson motorcycle, Mr. Paul Brinkman, 66, was seriously injured.
Rescue measures were attempted, however, Brinkman succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Indian Motorcycle driver, Mr Michael Varcadipane, 55, suffered injuries to the right side of his body but refused further medical attention.
The investigation determined that Brinkman was not wearing a DOT-approved helmet, but Varcadipane was.
Officials said the investigation revealed Brinkman and Varcadipane were traveling eastbound together on Pasadena Road in a staggered formation, with Brinkman traveling behind Varcadipane.
Varcadipane observed a disabled motorcyclist on the westbound shoulder of Pasadena Road and attempted to pull over to the eastbound shoulder to assist the disabled motorcyclist.
According to police, as Varcadipane began to slow down and pull off the road, Brinkman failed to react in time and collided with the Indian Motorcycle.
The left front end of the Harley Davidson motorcycle slammed into the right front end of the Indian Motorcycle, causing both motorcyclists to lose control and subsequently eject them from their motorcycles.
The roadway was closed in the crash area for several hours while officers conducted the investigation.
Officials said the accident investigation is still ongoing, but at this stage following too closely and pilot inattention appear to be the main contributing factors.
Ptl is investigating this crash. Michael O’Hara of the Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.