FREAK ACCIDENT: Tire Pops Off Dump Truck, Critically Injuring Wayne Bicyclist, 53

A producer from Wayne who’s worked with a wide range of musicians – from Yes lead singer Jon Anderson to Darryl “DMC” McDaniels – was fighting for his life as friends, loved ones and colleagues rallied to assist him and his family.

Black Oak Ridge Road in Wayne
Black Oak Ridge Road in Wayne Photo Credit: Googlemaps

Jim DeSalvo, 53, was riding his bicycle in town Wednesday when he was struck by a tire that popped off a dump truck, critically injuring him.

Supporters have rushed to help DeSalvo and his wife of 20 years, Cat, a freelance video editor.

Cat “will be out of work for an undetermined amount of time to help him fight through this like the stubborn mule he is and that we all know and love,” family friend Ruth Ozbolt Cleary wrote on a GoFundMe campaign she organized.

SEE: Recovery Fund for Jim DeSalvo Family (GoFundMe)

The couple has two children.

“This will be a long and precarious process,” Cleary noted. “Cat and Jim are both freelance, which means there’s no paid time off and no paid sick days.

“Cat needs to be able to stay by his side as much as possible and to help him and her family through this without worrying about work.”

DeSalvo has engineered, produced and mastered artists for nearly 35 years, mostly at Beanstudio in Wayne, for Unseen Rain Records and other labels.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A Wayne bicyclist was critically injured when he was struck by a tire that popped off a dump truck, authorities said.

James DeSalvo, 53, was riding his bike on the shoulder of southbound Black Oak Ridge Road in Wayne around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when a tire blew out on a 2007 Mack truck fully loaded with asphalt, they said.

The wheel with the tire and rim fell off, rolled and struck him, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Wayne Police Chief James Clarke said in a joint release.

The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson.

No charges were immediately filed. An investigation was continuing, Valdes said.

A close family friend mounted a GoFundMe campaign: Recovery Fund for Jim DeSalvo Family.

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