Man charged in crash that killed motorcyclist in Jackson

     Jason Wolek, 38, was charged in the late Saturday afternoon crash that killed a motorcyclist. (Photo courtesy of the Ocean County Jail)

    Jason Wolek, 38, was charged in the late Saturday afternoon crash that killed a motorcyclist. (Photo courtesy of the Ocean County Jail)

    A Jackson man has been charged in a crash that claimed the life of a motorcyclist late Saturday afternoon in Jackson, police said.

    At 5:56 pm, police officers and emergency personnel responded to the area of the intersection of East Veterans Highway and South Hope Chapel Road on a report of a crash involving a motorcycle, said Lt. Steven Laskiewicz, a spokesman for the Jackson Police Department, in a release. 

    An investigation revealed that a motorcyclist operating a 2011 Suzuki was traveling east when a 2000 Ford Ranger, traveling west, made a left turn in front of the motorcycle, Laskiewicz said. 

    The motorcycle then struck the truck, Laskiewicz added. 

    The 28-year-old motorcyclist, who police have not identified, was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, according to Laskiewicz. 

    Jason Wolek, 38, was charged with failure to yield, driving an uninsured vehicle, reckless driving, driving with a suspended driver’s license, and the criminal charge of causing a death or injury while driving with a suspended driver’s license, Laskiewicz said. Bail was set at $50,000, and Wolek was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

    The investigation by Jackson police officers Joseph Candido and Donald Lasko and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed anything or has additional information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at (732) 928-1111. Police officers Craig Lindenberg, Stephen Cilento, Sean Greenberger, Jeff Henba, and Ryan Fitzgerald also assisted at the scene.

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