Toms River: Motorcyclist’s forearm, hand missing after Seaside bridge crash

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The following is a release from the Toms River Police Department:

On Thursday, August 30 at approximately 12:46 a.m., multiple Toms River Police Units, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Brad Frank, and the Ocean County Sheriff Criminal Investigation Unit responded to a motorcycle accident on Route 37 at the Tunney Bridge.

Preliminary reports from witnesses allege multiple motorcycles drag racing on the bridge before Ronald Vanarsdale, 36-years-old of Serene Way in Toms River, was ejected from his motorcycle.

Mr. Vanarsdale‘s body and motorcycle were located 326’ and 762′ from the point of ejection, respectively. His right forearm and hand were severed just under the bicep.

Sgt. Ed Mooney from the Toms River Police Department was able to quickly apply a tourniquet to immediately stop the bleeding and was praised by Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Mr. Vanarsdale was flown by MONOC helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he underwent emergency surgery. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit and is listed in stable condition.

Impairment is unknown and currently be investigated through hospital records. There were no other injuries.

The New Jersey State Police Marine Division, Sgt. Pearce, was notified about the missing limb. If anyone was witness to this accident, or find the missing forearm and hand, please contact investigating Traffic Safety Officer Mark Nater at 732-349-0150 x 1336 or by email at [email protected]

Charges are pending.

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