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Update: Bicyclist Hit By Car on Route 1 Has Died

Lawrence Township police have confirmed that Aguedo Cruz, 59, of Trenton has died from injuries he suffered Monday morning when the bicycle he was riding was involved in a collision on Route 1 near Interstate 295.

Update, 4:20 p.m. May 7:

The bicyclist who was struck by a car on Route 1 this morning (Monday, May 7) has died from his injuries, Lawrence Township police have confirmed.

Aguedo Cruz, 59, of Trenton, suffered injuries to his head, arms and legs and was pronounced dead a short time after his arrival at the regional trauma unit at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, according to Lt. Charles Edgar, police department spokesman.

The driver of the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am that struck Cruz’s bicycle was identified by Edgar as Frank Cochran, 59, of Lambertville. While Cochran was not physically injured in the collision, he was also transported by ambulance to the hospital as a precaution.

The circumstances of the accident remain under investigation by township police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Witnesses are asked to call police at (609) 896-1111.

Reported to police at 9:38 a.m., the accident happened along the northbound side of Route 1 between the entrance ramps and exit ramps for Interstate 295.

Arriving to find Cruz unconscious and unresponsive in the middle of the road, his mangled bicycle nearby, police quickly shut down the northbound side of Route 1.

Northbound traffic was detoured onto the interstate for about two hours until the police investigation at the scene was completed.

Edgar said police are still trying to determine why Cruz was riding a bicycle on Route 1.

“That is a very dangerous area to be riding a bicycle,” Edgar said. “It is extremely busy with traffic, particularly at the interchange with the interstate.  It’s an extremely dangerous area for anyone with a bicycle to be riding.”

He said the investigation is being led by Lawrence Township Police Officer Ronald Buchanan and Detective Todd Caruso, with the assistance of Detective Tony Abarno from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team.

Assisting police at the scene were ambulance crews from Lawrence and West Windsor, as well as Lawrence Township’s daytime duty crew of career firefighters.  

 

Original Story, posted 10:30 a.m. May 7:

A collision between a bicycle and a car has left the bicyclist with life-threatening injuries and forced police to shut the northbound lanes of Route 1 (Brunswick Pike) in Lawrence Township this morning (Monday, May 7).

The accident, reported to police at 9:38 a.m., happened along Route 1 North between the entrance ramps and exit ramps for Interstate 295.

Soon after arriving on the scene, police closed the road and diverted northbound traffic onto the interstate.

The bicyclist, suffering from head trauma and compound factures, was rushed to the regional trauma unit at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton by a West Windsor Township ambulance.

Tentatively identified as a male in his late 50s, the bicyclist is “in very critical condition,” Lt. Charles Edgar, police spokesman, said at 10:15 a.m.

The driver of the car was also transported to the hospital by a Lawrence Township ambulance.

Township police and a detective from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are currently investigating the crash.

bark34 May 07, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Ummm...not to be too critical here by why in the hell would you be bike riding along Route 1 anyway?? Not exactly the most safest road to be riding along in a car much less a bike...
Etterich73 May 07, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I live nearby. You would be amazed at the amount of people on bicycles and walking. It is dangerous. I thought bicycles were not allowed on Route 1?
Sanriobaby May 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
This is awful and I hope this poor man makes a full recovery. With that said, I don't know why he was trying to bike on Route 1 to begin with, maybe he's a bike newbie? There are many bicyclists in the area and there are safer, although longer ways to get around then trying to bike on Route 1.
Stupid Me May 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Wow. Lay off the cops. With less cops on the street it will be easy to shut down a major roadway like this and complete the investigation and answer the rest of the towns calls. Delusional. Hope everyone is safe and bicycle rider recovers.
Sanriobaby May 07, 2012 at 08:44 PM
So sad that he has died. I hope the investigation will reveal why he was trying to bike on Route 1 in the first place. I guess there needs to be signs that say you can't bike on Route 1 b/c there seems to be a lot more new bike riders on the road. May Mr. Cruz RIP....
Lorne O'Deur May 07, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Maybe he was in the road because he had to get somewhere cheaply with limited free time. We should use black helicopters to ferry poor people to their jobs so we won't have to waste money on bicycle trails.
Patrick May 08, 2012 at 12:26 AM
not everyone can afford a car, and people need to get to work. While there is a bus that goes from Trenton north up Rt1, but what would take you 15 minutes to cycle takes over an hour. The better question is, why do so many drives ignore the safety of cyclists. I ride on parts of Rt1 when I cycle to the Hamilton train station, and have had cars wander 6 feet into the shoulder as they are just not paying attention. I personally would have walked my bike through a turn off to a highway, or just avoided it all together, but lets not blame the cyclist. He probably never saw it coming.
Patrick May 08, 2012 at 12:44 AM
BTW I was referring to Bus Rt1 that I travel on, which is legal. And If I where to cycle past Carnegie Rd, I'd do it on the canal bike path. Bicycle riding is legal on non highways. If anyone is interested this site shows the safety of Mercer roads to cycle on. http://www.dvrpc.org/asp/bikemercer/
Mike Calla May 08, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Sorry to hear that Mr Cruz died. The roads are for motor vehicles and should not allow bicycles on them. When I was a kid we would use the sidewalks, but I guess today that is not PC. Most roads are dangerous as it is without having to watch out for a bike on your right (like 2 lane roads).
Chris Ahlers May 08, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I agree the bicyclist may have been riding on route 1 because he needed to arrive at a destination cheaply in the shortest possible time. However, this story emphasizes the need to publicize bike-friendly ways to move around Lawrence Township.
David Huntsman May 08, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I'm not quite sure I understand why police are "still trying to determine why Cruz was riding a bike on Route 1". Is that road restricted to motor vehicles only? Are there no businesses on the road? Sounds like he's got the wrong question.
David Huntsman May 08, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Well, is it or isn't it a restricted road?
Teresita Bastides-Heron May 08, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Hi Chris, probably Mr. Cruz was going to work or he was going home from work. It is very dangerous to ride a bike in the USA. We are not a bicycle friendly country. A long time ago I was run off the street in Princeton and since then I would not ride my bike. When people made minimum wages people has to find a way to save money. Public transport is very expensie and poorly run in NJ. May be this will teach people to be more care either you ride a bike or drive a car. People should be mandate to use helmet. May be the police should have a drive to give helmet to adults and have an ordinance mandating adults to use helmets also not just children.
Patrick May 09, 2012 at 04:13 AM
It is a grey area. It is a road that goes from local four lanes to quasi highway. and Where he died was an exit ramp to 95/295. A very major junction. The other issue is that it is one of the only ways to get to a major grouping of malls and strip malls, i.e. jobs. So persons routinely bike up the road once it goes from a business route to a a 6 lane highway. Sad thing is that there are major bike paths here, just not for commuting, but for recreation. and even on so called bike friendly roads, cars routinely put cyclists in danger.
obama May 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Tragedy

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