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Motorcyclist, 52, Killed Hitting Deer On Route 80

Joseph Yurga
Joseph Yurga Photo Credit: FACEBOOK

A 52-year-old Pequannock man was killed when his motorcycle struck a deer on westbound Route 80 near the spaghetti bowl in Wayne.

Joseph Yurga was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, where he succumbed to his injuries after his 1996 Harley Davidson crashed shortly before 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the Route 23 intersection, authorities said.

No other vehicles were involved, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Wayne Police Chief James Clarke said in a joint release.

A former Clifton resident, Yurga was a member of the American Legion Riders of Post 174 in Wayne. He'd attended an American Legion Open House/Bike Night and trophy party Thursday night at Post 310 in Little Ferry, friends said.

"He was such a good man," one told Daily Voice. "I am glad I got to spend his last few hours here with us."

"Good guy with a great sense of humor," another said.

Anyone who saw something is asked to contact the Passaic County Prosecutor's tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or or the Wayne Police Department Traffic Division: (973) 694-0600 .



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