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A Man on a Motorcycle Died on Canal Road after Striking a Trailer Attached to a Truck

By Barbara A. Preston | June 7, 2022

Luis Ruiz, 43, of Bridgewater was riding a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle north on Canal Road on Monday at 8:23 pm when he collided with a trailer attached to a 2019 Ford pickup truck operated by Octaviano Chavez, 56, of Princeton.

Chavez was traveling south on the narrow Canal Road, near Elm Street, according to Franklin Township police. EMS personnel treated Ruiz on scene, then transported him to a local area trauma center. Ruiz was pronounced dead at 9:40 pm

The Franklin Township Police Department had received a 9-1-1 call reporting the motor vehicle crash.

Canal Road was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation of this incident. The Franklin Township Police Department, along with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team, is conducting an ongoing investigation into the contributing factors of the crash.

Franklin Public Safety Director Quovella Maeweather said, “We extend our condolences to the family of Mr. Luis Ruiz.”

Anyone with information relating to this crash investigation is asked to contact the Officer Gilbert Martinez of the Franklin Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau at 732.873.5533 ext. 3194 or

Information may also be provided to The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team at 908.231.7100 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 888.577.TIPS (8477) or at and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”.

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.


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