Motorcyclist thrown from his Harley on I-287 dies, State Police say

EDISON — A motorcyclist from Toms River was killed Monday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 287 in Edison, State Police said. 

Ernest Soper III, 48, was ejected from his 2016 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy at about 2:22 p.m. when it overturned near mile marker 3.6 as he was heading southbound on the interstate, Lt. Ted Schafer said. 

Soper, who was wearing his Department of Transportation approved helmet, then hit the rear of a Chevrolet in front of him. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Schafer said.  

The driver of the Chevrolet was not injured, the lieutenant said. 

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash. 

The incident caused significant traffic delays Monday, including the closure of the interstate’s left lane for two hours, police said. 

Luke Nozicka can be reached at lnozicka@njadvancemedia.com or on Twitter @lukenozicka.

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