On Saturday, June 24, 2022 at approximately 10:26 am, members of the Manchester Township Police responded to the area of the Lacey Road near Manchester Boulevard for the report of a collision involving a bicyclist, in the Whiting section of the township. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive male in the roadway next to his bicycle and a 2003 Blue Dodge Ram with a utility trailer attached. The investigation is currently ongoing; however, the preliminary findings indicated that the bicyclist entered the Dodge’s lane of travel at low speeds before impacting the side of the utility trailer.
The operator of the Dodge, 32 year old Gregory Gianci Jr of Waretown, was uninjured in the collision. The operator of the bicycle, 61 year old Joseph Kubiak of Whiting, was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by Robert Wood Johnson Life Flight medevac helicopter where he is currently listed in critical condition. Mr. Kubiak was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision and a possible medical episode prior to the impact is also being investigated. The roadway was closed for a brief period of time during the rescue efforts and investigation.
Assisting at the scene were the Career Manchester Fire Department Squad 13, Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson Life Flight, and EMTs with the Manchester Emergency Medical Services. The crash remains under investigation by Sergeant Ian Bole of the Manchester Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.