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New Bedford man killed in motorcycle crash was always thanking God for his blessings



A New Bedford man is being remembered after a fatal motorcycle crash on Thanksgiving.

According to Massachusetts State Police, at approximately 7:30 p.m. a Suzuki GSXR10 motorcycle operated by a 49-year-old New Bedford man was traveling north on Route 18 North, in the area of I-195 in New Bedford.

As the motorcycle approached the I-195 overpass it failed to negotiate a right-bearing curve. The motorcycle exited the road to the left, where it came in contact with the metal guardrail. The operator, Juan Ruiz, was thrown off the motorcycle.

The motorcycle continued traveling north without a rider and crossed the intersection of Acushnet Avenue and Coggeshall Street. After crossing over the intersection, the motorcycle sideswiped the wall of #1104 Acushnet Avenue. Post impact with the wall the motorcycle came in contact with the rear of a parked Toyota 4Runner and then came to final rest on Acushnet Avenue.

Ruiz suffered fatal injuries and was transported from the scene by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Those who knew Ruiz were understandably shocked and sadden by the sudden loss and it was clear that he will be deeply missed. Ruiz was known for often thanking God for his blessings and wishing blessings for others on social media.

The crash remains under investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Bristol County.

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