MANAHAWKIN POLICE REPORT: Two Accidents Involving Motorcycles This Weekend

Police report also notes arrest related to outstanding warrants

A 48-year-old New York resident has been issued a careless driving summons following an accident in front of Causeway Honda that temporarily closed two lanes of Route 72 in Stafford this weekend. 

On September 22, around 4 p.m., the Stafford Township Police Department responded to an accident with one injury involving an SUV and a motorcycle.  

Investigation indicated Matthew Moody, 39, of Cedar Run, New Jersey was operating a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Route 72 in the right lane of travel. Moody was attempting a right-hand turn into the Causeway Honda parking lot when he was struck by a 2008 Lexus SUV driven by Atila Kanber, 48 of New York, New York. 

Moody was ejected off of his motorcycle but sustained only a lower, right arm injury, police said. He was taken to Southern Ocean Medical Center by Stafford Township First Aid.

Kanber did not suffer any injuries but after the accident, his Lexus travelled off of the roadway, over a curb and stop sign and into the Causeway Honda lot. His vehicle was later towed by South Shore towing.

Due to the accident, the right and middle lanes of Route 72 were closed for approximately 30 minutes, which caused a two mile traffic delay.

Kanbar was issued a summons for careless driving.

Also on Saturday, at approximately 4:30, the Stafford Twp. Police responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle at the intersection of Route 9 North and Marybell Road.

Investigation revealed that the operator of the motorcycle, Jason Livio of Little Egg Harbor lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle attempting to avoid another vehicle that was making a left turn onto Marybell Road from Route 9.

Livio was transported to the Southern Ocean Medical Center for treatment of a head injury and scrapes from contacting the pavement and released after treatment.   

On Sept. 23, Stafford police responded to a Buccaneer Lane residence in response to a criminal mischief complaint. 

Investigation led to the arrest of Justin S. Rutkowski, 21, for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and transported to Stafford police headquarters for processing and released pending a future court date.

Also this weekend, police arrested and charged Joshua M. Smith, of Manahawkin, on a warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriff's Office in the amount of $11,323. Smith was held in Ocean County Jail for defaulting on the bail amount.

Stafford police also responded on Monday, Sept. 24, at approximately 7 p.m.  to Wawa, on Rt. 9 North in Manahawkin, in response to an anonymous caller observing a 1998 black Volkswagon Jetta driving recklessly on Route 9 southbound.

Upon arrival, police came in contact with Anthony J. Isola, 38, of Bayville and Isola's passenger, Katelin Nassaney, 21, of Toms River.  

Police obtained a signed consent from Nassaney and, after a car search and after conducting a field sobriety test, Isola was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, drug paraphernalia, and possession of controlled dangerous substance - specifically prescription pills.

Isola was processed and released under his own recognizance pending a future court date with Stafford Township Municipal Court. Furthermore, Nassaney was issued a summons for driving under the influence for allowing her registered vehicle to be operated by Isola. 


WhyohWhy September 26, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Kudos to the Stafford Police for following the call from someone observing a possible DWI. So many times I have called, especially on the PKWY, when I have observed a someone driving erratically and nothing was done. Good job.


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