2 Gloucester County Motorcyclists Killed in Collision

5:37 AM, May. 16, 2011 | KRISTI FUNDERBURK New Jersey Press Media MAURICE RIVER — A pickup truck veering out of its lane caused a chain-reaction crash that killed two Gloucester County women riding on motorcycles, police said. Two other motorcyclists were injured in the Cumberland County crash. The truck driver reported something distracted him just before the collision Saturday afternoon, but state troopers are continuing to investigate what exactly caused the crash and what charges would be filed, state police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Jones said Sunday. Joseph Moyer, 40, of Eldora, Cape May County, was driving his Dodge Ram truck south on Route 347 near milepost 3.3 when he came to a curve in the road and his truck crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic around 2 p.m., Jones said. The truck hit two Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the northbound lane, he said. One of the motorcyclists, 47-year-old Robin Ennis of Deptford, died at the scene. A passenger on the other motorcycle, 53-year-old Diane Allen of Mullica Hill, also died at the scene. She was riding on a bike operated by Michael Ennis, 53, of Deptford, who was severely injured. He was flown by helicopter to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where doctors amputated his left arm and left leg due to the severity of his injuries, Jones said. Robin and Michael Ennis lived at the same address, but police said Sunday they did not know their relationship. After the collision, Moyer’s truck continued traveling until it struck a guardrail, according to police. Moyer refused medical treatment, Jones said. Robin Ennis’ motorcycle was forced backward into a northbound Toyota Scion that was behind the two motorcycles, police said. The Scion’s driver, Frederick Jones, 66, of Buena, was not hurt, police said. A third northbound motorcycle, operated by William Good, 57, of Cinnaminson, then crashed into the Scion, police said. Good was treated for minor injuries at an area hospital. Moyer went to the state police barracks in Port Norris after the crash and was interviewed by police, Jones said. It wasn’t clear why Moyer veered into oncoming traffic, Jones said. Charges are pending, he added. “It’s guaranteed there are going to be some charges,” Jones said. “Whether they will be motor vehicle, I don’t want to say yet.” Police will work with the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office as the investigation proceeds, Jones said. “This time of year motorcycle accidents spike,” Jones said. “There are a lot of motorcycles on the roadway, and unfortunately for motorcycle riders, there is not that much protection like there is in a regular vehicle.” All four motorcyclists in Saturday’s crash were wearing helmets, police said.

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