Li Wang Killed in Bicycle Accident on Roller Rd in Ocean Township, NJ
Ocean Township, NJ — December 9, 2022, 62-year-old Li Wang died after her bicycle was hit by a box truck on Roller Road in Monmouth County.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Roller and Deal roads. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford E-350 Econoline box truck was southbound on Roller when the driver stopped at the Deal Road light. Nearby, Wang stopped her bicycle on the sidewalk for the light as well.
When the light turned green Wang proceeded through a crosswalk on her bicycle as the box truck driver started a left turn onto Deal Road. The truck hit the bicycle in the roadway.
Li Wang was critically injured in the collision. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Li Wang Accident in Ocean Township
Just to be clear up front, I don't know more about this situation than what's available to the public. With that said, every news article I ran across about this accident notes that the victim started through the intersection with a green light, using a marked crosswalk. Images of the intersection suggest traffic on Roller Road doesn't have protected turn arrows, which likely means turning vehicles are meant to yield to those passing straight through the crossing.
I wasn't there and there may be extenuating circumstances the news didn't report, but what little they say has a serious implication that the trucker may have failed to yield and in so doing caused fatal injuries to the cyclist. Is that true--and just as importantly, was evidence found to support it? Did authorities investigate the matter carefully and thoroughly, or will their report like so many others be full of holes for the company behind that truck to exploit?
Perhaps more thorough independent investigations are in order to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. At the very least that woman's loved ones deserve the whole story; anything else would depend on what is learned.