Essex County’s DiVincenzo Suffers Injury From Bike Accident

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo was taken to University Hospital today for serious injuries to his rib cage from a bike accident at Brookdale Park this afternoon, the Star Ledger reports.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura says DiVincenzo, who struck a concrete bench during a bike ride through the park, was distracted by something and didn’t see the bench until it was too late.

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  1. Joe D. Has been a real hero to the parks throughout Essex County. I am so sorry to hear of this bad accident and I send him all my best thoughts for a quick and full recovery.

  2. Maybe he had just drunk on of those pinkalicious things.

    All kidding aside, I broke a rib in the car accident I was in last winter, and I don’t wish that on anyone. Hope he’s OK.

  3. Ouch! Mega ouch!! Man, I hope he’s not too severely injured. Concrete bench! Damn, that’s really hard stuff, concrete that is. I mean, of all the stuff he could have run into, a freaking concrete bench.

    You know, he could have been scoping out a younger hottie and got distracted. I think those hotties are to freaking hot. They should tone it down a little and save a few lives.

    Get better Joe. We of the south end of Bloomfield or ‘Watsessing Heights’ all wish you a speedy recovery.

  4. perhaps is was an out of town bench.

    “When he’s not in his car, he does it on his bike,” Fontoura said. “He was looking and he was distracted, and the next thing he sees the bench is fastly approaching.”

  5. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a sign that says Bicycles not permitted on paths. What they do need is a sign that says cars should not block the bike paths on the North & South ends of the park. The soccer players always block the paths and never get a ticket. I’ve been riding in Brookdale park and environs for well over 30 years and in the old days the cars cruising around the loop ruined it for the cyclists by making the county close the loop and forcing bikes to go thru that god awful chute at either end of the park.
    I used to love going down there during the sanctioned bike races and photoing the riders.
    Those days are over.

  6. No sign is needed. Lack of knowledge of the law is no defense. See the bicycle rules below. South Mountain Reservation has been trying to get pwermission for mountaqin bikes to be used on the trails they have created…no go so far

    ARTICLE I, Rules and Regulations [Adopted 7-9-2003 by Ord.
    No. O-03-0009]
    § 74-6. Traffic

    A.State Motor Vehicle Act. All provisions of the New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Act and traffic laws will apply on County property and will be strictly enforced, with such further restrictions as hereinafter stated.

    B. Vehicles confined to roads. No person on County property shall drive any vehicle on any area except the paved County roadways or parking areas where
    allowed, or such other areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary parking areas by the Director.

    C. No person in a vehicle shall stop, stand, or park on any County property after 10:00 p.m. except when authorized by the Director.

    D.Commercial vehicles. No person on County property shall operate a commercial vehicle through County property except on such roads or highways designated by the Director.

    E. Bicycles confined to roads. No person on County property shall ride a bicycle on other than a paved vehicular road or path designated for that purpose.

    A bicyclist is permitted to wheel or push a bicycle by hand over any grassy area or wooded trail or an any paved area reserved for pedestrian use.

  7. so PAZ there are NO BIKE PATHS anywhere in the park. It’s not that I agree with it or not- for the record I don’t – but it’s the law.

  8. Pat….I think you are WRONG if you look at your last paragraph. Obviously you typed in haste or the county made a typo> A bicyclist IS PERMITTED to wheel, etc. etc, blah, blah, blah.
    The squeaky WHEEL always gets to grease the politicos.

  9. I didn’t type it came straight from the county in an e-mail. So they let you push your bike throught the park but don’t let you ride it.

  10. To wheel or push, that is the question. What kind of English is this! I will wheel my bike on the paths by balancing myself on the seat and peddling cautiously around dogs, children, roller bladers and the like.

  11. So he was riding his bike surveying the park. This was an on the job injury. His free retirement health benifits nor his free on the job medical benifits won’t cover his injuries. It’s workmans comp so he won’t use any of his own sick days that he’ll take into retirement again and cash them in again. What’s that triple dipping?

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