Ocean View: Bicyclists urged to use extreme caution during peak traffic hours

OCEAN VIEW – Amid the heavy traffic/tourist season, town of Ocean View police urge bicyclists to use exercise extreme caution when traveling on Atlantic Avenue (SR 26) during peak traffic hours. 

According to Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, bumper-to-bumper traffic severely restricts motorists from seeing bicycles traveling in the bike lane on Atlantic Avenue. 

Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin

“In particular, drivers who cross traffic to turn onto a side street or parking lot are unable to visually clear the bike lane due to the presence of cars in the roadway,” said Chief McLaughlin. “Even when motorists are traveling slowly and cautiously as they turn across traffic, there exists a high potential for a collision with an unseen bicycle in the bike lane.  The motorist is unable to see the bike, and the bicyclist is unable to see the turning vehicle.”

Ocean View police report a bicycle/motor vehicle collision June 28. The crash occurred as a 48-year-old bicyclist was westbound in the bike lane approaching the shopping center complex on Atlantic Avenue, Chief McLaughlin said.

A Subaru Outback operated by a 46-year-old woman was stopped in the turn lane, waiting to make a left-hand turn into the shopping center. Westbound traffic yielded to the Subaru, which subsequently turned left into the shopping center.  The Subaru then collided with the bicycle. 

Police report that the unnamed operator of the bike suffered serious injuries and was transported to Beebe Hospital by the Millville Volunteer Fire Company.  The bicyclist was wearing a helmet.  Police are still investigating the crash.

Drug arrest

As officers were clearing the bicycle crash scene, they were dispatched to a report of a man down in the overflow parking lot on Central Avenue across from Mariners Bethel Church. 

Responding officers found a male subject later identified as Erion Beshiri, 31, of New York, N.Y. suffering from a suspected drug overdose.  EMTs from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company and Sussex County paramedics administered first aid at the scene. 

After Beshiri refused additional medical treatment, police arrested him for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, Chief McLaughlin said. 

Beshiri was released on an unsecured bond pending trial in the Court of Common Pleas.

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