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Police investigate tragic and fatal Connecticut motorcycle crash


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 04, 2013 in Motorcycle Accidents

There have been educational efforts launched all across the country reminding motorists to stay alert and focused behind the wheel. Whether these messages address seat belts, speeding, texting behind the wheel or drinking and driving, the underlying issue is that dangerous driving behaviors are too common. When a driver is not paying attention or does not take the necessary precautions while driving, innocent people can be seriously injured or killed.

A recent motorcycle accident in Connecticut highlights the very real dangers of not driving safely. The tragic crash resulted in the death of the young motorcyclist, who was just 19. Police are still working to reconstruct the accident and investigate what exactly caused the collision between the motorcyclist and a cab early this week. 

The accident happened in the afternoon in Hartford. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet at the time, was apparently hit by the cab driver, according to witness statements. The cab driver had been allegedly trying to make a U-turn on the road when he crashed into the motorcycle. The rider was thrown from his bike and crashed into the side window of the cab. His injuries proved to be fatal. 

While the investigation is underway, police want to remind people of how important it is to stay focused on the road. It only takes a couple seconds to make sure a road is clear before turning or making a lane change, but these seconds can save a person's life. Sadly, too many drivers do not take the time to really assess their surroundings before making a hasty decision. Motorcycles, who are a little more difficult to see because of their size, are often the tragic victims of these accidents. During the warmer months, it is more common for motorcyclists to be on the road. If drivers do not make the decision to drive safely, many of these riders will end up getting injured or killed in a crash. 

Source: WTNH, "Motorcyclist killed in Hartford crash," Bob Wilson, June 3, 2013