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Sewaren Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

NJ State Police are investigating the accident that killed Joseph Messina, 61, a motorcyclist traveling on Route 440.


New Jersey State Police are investigating a motorcycle accident that cost a Sewaren man his life.

Joseph Messina, 61, was riding his motorcycle on Route 440 near the Route 9 turnoff and Parkway entrance in Monday afternoon around 3:15 pm, a police spokesman said.

Messina swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit the concrete barrier near the bridge embankment, said Trooper Geir Tufte of the NJ State Police Somerville barracks, which is investigating the accident.

"He couldn't successfully maneuver around the area," Tufte said.

Messina was declared dead at the scene.

Messina didn't have any contact with the other vehicle, he added. The driver left the scene, and police haven't been able to get a description of the vehicle.

 and an Edison Township EMS squad were on hand to assist. The accident at such a heavy juncture of the 440 Roadway as people were driving home from the Memorial Day weekend caused a massive traffic backup that lasted for hours.

maryann spager May 29, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Seems like the motorist cut him off.
Nina Jones May 29, 2012 at 03:39 PM
What a shame, his family will be reminded every Memorial Day of his death. I didn't see the accident, but I seen his body laying there and that's ALL I've been thinking about. My condolences to the friends & family of Joseph Messina.
g aver May 29, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I did not see the accident, but I also saw his body. all I keep thinking about. Very sad and desturbing someone could do that. I hope his killer turns himself in. my condolences to the family.
Linda Ecker May 29, 2012 at 08:34 PM
thank you to everyone for their kind words. my sister in law and their family of course are in a bad way with this tragic news . if anyone out there had seen the car that cut him off and fled would be a great help. someone out there has had to have seen or knows something. or if the driver reads this please do the right thing and take responsibility.you have to know the horror and sorrow that you have left in this wake . So be it an accident is just that but when you run from it makes it immoral and criminal. please make it right . that would be the biggest best thing you could do for the family and yourself. Joe M. would have done the right thing because thats what kind of person he was. My heart goes out to the entire family. Big hugs . much Love, Linda E. Wa. state
Evan P May 29, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I also saw the body. I helped with traffic until the police showed up. I happen to ride motorcycles myself so seeing this has really made me think about riding again. Its not me that I worry about. Its people driving today. They text, talk on the phone, and do everything else under the sun to take their attention away from the road. I always pictured motorcycle accidents involving sport bikes and dudes going 120 MPH. But after seeing his Harley yesterday I know the reality is that if your on bike the risk is always there no matter what. I have been thinking about what I saw yesterday non stop. I tried not to look at his lifeless body but I couldn't not notice. I wish there was something I could have done to help this man besides direct traffic away from him. Does anyone know what happened? was he cut off? hit a bump? Anyway, My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace. Evan P
michelle koenig May 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Someone needs to do the right thing and speak up!!!!!!!!!!! With all that traffic someone had to have seen something!!!!!!! Joe Messina was a great man with a wonderful family, who I have known for many years.....This is unexceptable and to know someone out there was the one who did this!!!!!!! How can anyone lay their head down at night knowing their guilt!!!!! R.I.P Joe, may you ride with the angels!!!!!!
dean messina May 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM
To all have written-thank you! My brother didn't deserve what happened. Too many are too careless with people on bikes. YOU OUT THERE!!! The one who did it. Turn yourself in now and take responsibility. Don't and we catch you........... Thank you again to all the great posts from those who knew him and those who saw his final moment. He died doing what he loved most so he died happy. I'll miss you Joey. I love you and will miss the hell out of you. Dean
Elise F May 30, 2012 at 12:57 AM
To his family I am so very sorry for your loss. I did not see the accident but was traveling on 440 South at the time. I saw his friend run up the highway into oncoming traffic, frantically trying to keep cars away. May memories of happier times carry all that knew Joe Messina through the days ahead.
Andre B May 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
He was a few cars in front of me when it happened, i was all the way to the right gettin on the parkway, he was riding to the left. I was doing 70 and a couple cars flew right passed me right before the accident, they had to be doin at least 85. It all happened so fast, i ran and tried to help with traffic while the police came. May he rest in peace. And the driver who left the scene do the right thing.
Evan P May 30, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Did you see someone cut him off?
soo sad May 30, 2012 at 04:34 PM
What's with people thinking they need to post the play by play of how this man passed away. Respect the dead and the family suffering from there loss and don't turn it into a reality show. I can't believe the graphic descriptions that are being posted on this page. If you think you saw something important say something to the police if not keep it to yourself... How would you like to read about how one of your loved ones passed in detail? Have a heart
BobDee May 31, 2012 at 01:09 AM
@soo sad: I hear ya! Condolences and respect to Joe's family.
Wilson June 01, 2012 at 11:07 AM
My Brother, and close friend. Rest in peace Joe.he was my point man on that day. I was the second biker kneeing by his side.I miss you Joe brother and friend.
Wilson June 01, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Why did the EMS and State Troppers take twenty Minutes to get on site. No traffic or congestion at that time.Only after the accident was traffic a issue.I called 911 three times that I needed a medicvac flown to my location. They took their sweet time about it.Biker on knees
soo sad June 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Wilson, This may have something to do with the State police staffing being the lowest it's been in years. Also waiting for EMS volunteers on a holiday weekend, overburdened with bs calls by people that don't know what an emergency is. Edison also got rid of it's fire rescue staffed 24-7 to save cash. But I don't think anyone took their sweet time and did the best with a system that has some imperfections. No traffic or congestion? What caused the accident if it was a wide open road? Just looks like it was a very sad day for a Man enjoying life doing something he loved. To bad people can't slowdown and share the road. Sorry for your loss.
Maxine Kulinich June 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Charlie and Maxine Joe was our very good friend and neighbor. We miss him. We miss most of all the sound of him starting his motorcycle to take a ride. We rode with him many times, in fact we were with him on Sunday before Memorial Day on a run and picnic with the Dawn Patrol. We love him like a brother. Rest in peace Joe and ride with the Angels.
Wilson June 01, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I don't know who you are but just to let you know! I been over and over the accident and the what if's!!!!!! paramedics and state police should of been of scene within a few minutes. I don't give a dam about budget cuts. We had a clear run with no traffic around us, until that car try merging from the fast lane. unto the slow lane. Joe slow down and gear down giving the motorist the chance to swing over so he could get on the parkway south lane because the driver was speeding. Joe being the exception biker he gave the motorist the chance to merge right. He use his signal light and slow down. I was right in back of Joe, slowing down as well to 55 miles hour. He got clip with the bumper of the vehicle. I love the law enforcement but lets stop using excuses for miss management of funds.
Larry Lombardo June 03, 2012 at 02:29 PM
My condolances.............Joe was a greeat friend to all of us at Bridie Manor in Oswego.Joe's favorite fishing destination...........................Larry Lombaedo
Bobby Slack June 03, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Joey was a great guy ! F*** that guy that cut him off ! He will be deeply missed :( Joey you know we all love you . Thank You HOG ! Thank You American Leg. Post 248 WITH LOVE BOBBY
Larry and Deby Muroski June 06, 2012 at 06:22 AM
We are so sorry to hear about Joe...Its so very sad...He was a very nice guy.we enjoyed havin him visit @ larrys oswego salmon shop..He sure loved fishing....God Bless u Joe R.I.P. our prayers to the family also.....with deepest sympathy Larry and Deby Muroski
Rossana Guti June 14, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I remember but a blurry image of Joe. he was a neighbor to me and my fiance. i remember his bike and his boat in the driveway right next to mine and my fiances car and seeing him every now and then just outside hearing the sound of his bike. We were new to the neighborhood and everyone was nice in the apartments, including Joe. I'm upset i couldn't get to know him a little more but he gave me a good impression and he was a nice guy, may he rest in paradise.
Mike porro July 21, 2012 at 07:09 PM
As long as we have the selfish inatentive i phone crowd out on the road texting and driving and who knows what else this will continue. I was knocked of my goldwing(900 pound touring bike) by a women that almost looked to stupid to drive she had left signal on i went by her on right side to continue going straight and she made a right hitting me and injuring me and and causeing 7 grand damage to my bike.After getting carted by ambulance to hospital cop gives her carless driving ticket based on wittness acounts. So what does this imbicile do? Gos to police station and files carless driving ticket aganst me. Be polite and give bikes the benifit of the doubt they have as much right to be on the road as your car! just imagine that guy or girl on the bike is someone you give a dam about, that might give you a differnt perspective.
Mike porro July 21, 2012 at 07:14 PM
God bless man,R.I.P

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