At approximately 3:37 p.m. on November 19, 2016, officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to County Route 547 in the Ridgeway Section of the Township to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving a SUV and a motorcycle. Upon arrival, officers observed a 1999, Chevrolet Suburban and a 2015, Harley Davidson Motorcycle in the roadway. The Harley Davidson was down on its right side in the right-hand lane of travel.

Photo - Suburban Hits Motorcycle

The initial investigation revealed that both the Harley Davidson and the Chevrolet Suburban were traveling southbound on Route 547 with the motorcycle traveling in the right-hand lane and the Chevrolet Suburban traveling in the left-hand lane. Both vehicles were approaching the intersection of Route 571, when the Suburban attempted to move into the right lane, impacting the motorcycle. The collision caused the Harley Davidson to go down on its right side in the roadway. The driver of the Suburban indicated to police that he was unable to see the motorcycle because of the presence of other vehicles which were traveling in the left lane in front of him obstructing his view.

The Suburban was being operated by 38-year-old, John Williams of Manchester, while the Harley Davidson was being operated by 64-year-old, Stanislaw Malek of Somerdale. As a result of the crash, Malek was treated at the scene by members of the Manchester Volunteer First Aid for complaint of knee pain but refused further treatment or transport to the hospital. Williams, the operator of the Suburban, was uninjured in the crash. The investigation determined that Williams was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and Malek was wearing a properly approved Department of Transportation helmet. The crash is currently being investigated by Patrolman Michael Anderson of the Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.