A 33-year-old Washington man who wasn't wearing a helmet was critically injured late Sunday afternoon when he crashed a motorized bicycle in Pohatcong Township and struck his head, township police report.
Joseph Stires, of the 400 block of Route 57, was flown to St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill, police said. On Monday morning, he was in the Intensive Care Unit, the hospital said.
Police were called just after 5:40 p.m. and found Stires face down and drifting in and out of consciousness, Chief Scott Robb said in a news release.
Stires was riding north on Liberty before striking the curb, Robb said. Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and saw him fall from the bicycle, Robb said.
"The bike was modified to be motorized, but it was under the threshold of making it a motorized vehicle in New Jersey," Robb said. No citations were issued, he added.
Stires was transported about a half mile by Phillipsburg Rescue Squad to Lock Street Ball Field and was flown from there, according to a report from the scene.