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Motorcyclist Killed in Erial Crash

Police say the man was not wearing a helmet.

A motorcyclist died of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Turnerville Hickstown Road, just outside the Sturbridge Oaks development, Monday night, according to police.

James Patitucci, of East 9th Avenue in Pine Hill, was 24 years old. He was flown to Cooper University Hospital following the crash, but died at the Camden hospital.

Gloucester Township Police say Patitucci was riding an off-road motorcycle without a helmet when he crashed into a car operated by an Erial woman.

Patitucci was heading east on Turnerville Hickstown Road, the car west.

Police noted the motorcycle Patitucci was riding did not have a headlight. The crash occurred at 8:23 p.m. at the intersection of Turnerville Hickstown Road and Windsor Drive, in the township's Erial section.

Initial reports on emergency communications radio indicated one of the motorcyclist's legs was amputated in the crash.

Patitucci had a suspended driver's license at the time of the fatal crash and the motorcycle he was riding was not registered or insured, police said.

Turnerville Hickstown Road was closed down between Erial Clementon Road and Kearsley Road for about three hours as Gloucester Township Police Department Serious Crash Investigation Team probed the fatal crash.

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