Although he was not physically injured in the Friday evening crash that took the life of a 24-year-old Barnegat motorcyclist, the accident has left its mark on Freeholder John P. Kelly.
"I'm very sorry that a young man lost his life," Kelly said this morning. "That's all I have to say right now. I'm physically fine. It's traumatic."
New Jersey State Police did bloodwork on Kelly after the Friday night crash that killed William D. Kolb on Route 9 South in Eagleswood.
"They drew blood, which is standard procedure," Sgt. Harry Rocheskey said this morning. "The results are pending. He (Kelly) gave his consent to the procedure."
The time to get the results from the bloodwork back varies, Rocheskey said.
Kolb was heading southbound on his black 2011 Harley Davidson at approximately 6:35 p.m., near mile marker 65.5. He attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him, then collided with the right fender of Kelly's 2005 sports utility vehicle when he tried to return to the lane of traffic, Trooper Joseph Mezzo has said.
Kelly, 61, West Creek, was traveling northbound on Route 9 and was attempting to make a left turn into the West Creek Deli when the collision occurred, Mezzo said.
Kolb was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered severe injuries. He died at the scene. Kelly was uninjured, said Mezzo, who is the investigating officer.
The stretch of roadway where the accident occurred is relatively straight, Rocheskey said.
It's unknown whether either man was speeding at the time of the accident, or if Kolb was wearing a helmet, he said.
The accident is still under investigation. No charges have been filed, Rocheskey said.