Police have identified a 52 year-old man killed in an accident southwest of Hartford last Saturday afternoon. According to reports, the New Haven man was riding his motorcycle on Route 5 in Wallingford when a Honda Element tried to turn onto South Colony Road from Chester Avenue.
The man was thrown from his bike and pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said the victim was not wearing a helmet when the motorcycle accident occurred.
The driver of the Honda, a 47 year-old female, was also injured in the collision. She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with what authorities described as non-life threatening injuries.
Police closed the stretch of Route 5 for several hours as investigators attempted to recreate the accident. The investigation appears to be ongoing as no charges have been filed and authorities have asked for anyone with information to come forward.
Witnesses that were at the scene could only report on the tragedy in emotional terms. The 52 year-old victim of the accident, it was reported, was married, a grandfather and a father of three.
These surviving family members, no doubt, have questions about what happened. While the official investigation may shed some light on the incident, it is not necessarily dispositive of potential civil claims. Independent attorneys can commission their own investigation on behalf of victims of a crash. This investigation can help explain if there was a negligent party, and if any actor has liability to the victim and/or his family.
Those injured or affected by a motorcycle accident are encouraged to contact a local Hartford attorney. These individuals will listen to victims and explain how the legal process may be able to help them.
Source: NBC News, "Police Identify Motorcyclist Killed in Wallingford Crash," Ari Mason, November 2, 2013