The day Robert Huiracocha, 20, died in a motorcycle crash on Routes 1 and 9 near Newark Liberty International Airport in June, it was exactly one month after he bought the bike, his older sister said at NJ Advance Media.
Getting a bicycle was one of his goals, and therefore became a state soldier. Robert Huiracocha, from Bloomfield, participated in the Newark Police Explorer program, which educates young people who want to work in law enforcement.
“It was his dream,” said his sister, Cristy Huiracocha. “It’s something he always wanted to do. He always wanted to help people. He was very selfless.
Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara said police responded to the Highways 1 and 9 underpass on McClellan Street on June 16 just before 6 p.m. following a motorcycle accident involving a single vehicle. There is no indication of foul play in the accident, but the case remains open.
Now her sister is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or had dash cam footage to share with family and police to shut them down.
Robert Huiracocha grew up in Bloomfield and is survived by his mother and father, as well as two siblings. He was also a member of the Explorers program at Bloomfield, his sister said.
It was sunny on the day of the accident, her sister recalls, and her brother was not comfortable accelerating since he was a new driver.
“It was something he always wanted,” Cristy Huiracocha said of his brother who bought a motorcycle. “Once he got something in his head he was very determined. He … he just wanted one. He had his own money; it’s not like he has to ask my parents or anything.
Robert Huiracocha held two jobs while attending Kean University – one as a security guard and the other at the airport near where he died. His two jobs made it easy for him to save for a bicycle.
On the day of his death, he took a ride with a friend who was a more experienced rider. His friend apparently accelerated and reversed once he realized Robert Huiracocha was no longer behind him, his sister said.
Another motorcycle accident happened three days later in the same highway area in Elizabeth, a city spokeswoman said. Additional details about the incident were not immediately available.
The family are also planning to release a cash reward for any footage of the crash.
“We need closure,” the sister said.
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