Motorcyclist crashes after swerving to avoid groundhog in Toms River, police say

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    A Toms River motorcyclist and his passenger were injured when he swerved to avoid a groundhog that had darted into a roadway Sunday morning in Toms River, police say.

    John Mura II, 56, of Toms River was traveling westbound on Route 70 at Crescent Drive shortly before 11:30 a.m. with a passenger, identified as Maria Mura, when he attempted to avoid the animal, according to Ralph Stocco, Toms River Police Department spokesman.

    At that point, the 2002 Harley Davidson skidded and fell onto its side, ejecting both riders, Stocco said. 

    John Mura was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of his injuries, and Marie Mura was taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River, the spokesman said, adding that there is no current information on the condition of each rider. 

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