Bridgewater man killed in Franklin motorcycle crash

Lyle Ellerbee

FRANKLIN (Somerset) – A Bridgewater man died Monday after his motorcycle collided with a trailer attached to a pickup truck on Canal Road.

The victim was identified as Luis Ruiz, 43, police said.

Franklin police responded around 8:23 p.m. Monday to the crash on Canal Road near Elm Street. Police said Ruiz, riding a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was traveling north when his bike collided with a 2019 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Octaviano Chavez, 56, of Princeton, which was towing an enclosed trailer and traveling southbound.

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Ruiz was treated at the scene before being taken to a local trauma center where he was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m., police said.

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

Canal Road was closed for about four hours while police investigated the crash. Franklin police along with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team, are conducting the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Franklin Traffic Safety Bureau Officer Gilbert Martinez at 732-873-5533 ext. 3194 or [email protected]. Information can also be provided to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team at 908-231-7100 or via the STOPit app.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or at and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

Email: [email protected]

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