CHERRY HILL – A motorcyclist died in an accident in which part of Route 70 was closed to rush hour traffic on Thursday afternoon.

Richard Sims, 54, of Cherry Hill, was fatally injured in an accident on the eastbound lanes of the freeway, according to Camden County prosecutors.

The accident occurred outside the Cooper University Health Care medical center on Route 70 near South Harvard Avenue.

Cherry Hill Police officers deployed patrol vehicles to monitor the scene of the accident where Sims’ wrapped body was on the street, not far from the wreckage of his motorcycle.

A Chrysler PT Cruiser at the scene of the accident was facing west in an eastbound lane. The prosecution did not disclose the driver’s name.

“No criminal charges were filed in this incident,” said prosecutors.

Police blocked the highway east on Cuthbert Boulevard after the crash occurred at around 4:20 p.m. According to a post on the police authority’s Facebook page, the lanes were reopened around 6:30 p.m.

Thursday’s crash marked the second fatal accident on Route 70 at Cherry Hill that month.

A 27-year-old Medit woman, Kaitlyn O’Hara, died on the evening of February 3 when police said she was hit while trying to rescue an injured animal from the freeway near South Frontage Road.

Jim Walsh reports for the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times, and the Daily Journal. His interests include crime, courts, and the first news. Reach him at

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