Collision Kills Galloway Man Riding a Scooter

Joseph Strike of Galloway Township dies after being struck by a car on Moss Mill Road in Smithville.

Joseph Strike Jr., 52, of Galloway Township, died Monday evening after the motorized scooter he was riding was hit by a car in Smithville.

Michael Ryan, 24, of Galloway Township was driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla east on Moss Mill Road at about 6:18 p.m. Monday (Dec. 30) when his vehicle struck the scooter, according to a Galloway Township Police Department report.

The accident occurred near the intersection with Quail Hill Boulevard.

A witness recalled seeing the scooter stationary in the eastbound lane of Moss Mill for an unknown reason prior to impact, police said.

Strike was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus by the Galloway Township Ambulance Squad. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Moss Mill Road between Quail Hill Boulevard and Smith Bowen Road was shut down for approximately two hours while the scene was investigated and the roadway was cleared.

The accident is being investigated by Ofc. Steve Garrison, Ofc. Pat Neal, and Ofc. Kevin Costa of the Traffic Safety Unit.

galloway7757 December 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Extremely sad and tragic. That's now six fatalities on Galloway Township road's since the start of November. That and the number of serious car accidents in the past week alone have numbered five (that the public knows of). The answer to this is not just to have more cops out on the road but to ensure you are doing your part as well.
amlorello January 02, 2014 at 07:52 PM
I am truly sorry for your loss. However, it was a tragic accident. The driver likely "just plowed right into him" as your uncle was stopped in the middle of the road. There are countless individuals who have lost relatives (including myself) to car accidents. Unfortunately, in most cases it turns out to just be a tragic accident. The police did what they always do immediately do after an accident, they check for signs of intoxication. In this case, it appears that there was not any signs of intoxication. You also need to recognize that the driver is suffering the same amount as your family is. I am sorry if I am being rough, but I am speaking the truth. My prayers go out to your family and your uncle.
anonymous January 02, 2014 at 11:13 PM
@Joseph I live right near where it happened and can see the intersection from my house. I heard it when it happened but did not think anything of it until all the cops arrived. I do know that the street light on that intersection is out and at night it is really really dark in that location. I hope you find out some answers and get some closure. My prayers go out to you and your family.


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