A man is dead following a collision between his motorcycle and a pickup truck, according to authorities. Connecticut State Police confirmed the death of the 26-year-old man in Canterbury on the morning of April 25. The driver of the other vehicle avoided injury, and there is no word as to whether police plan to file charges against him at this time. The motorcycle crash remains under investigation.
According to the limited information provided by the report, it appears the 26-year-old was traveling southbound on Route 12 when a pickup truck driven by a Brooklyn man pulled out in front of him from Butts Bridge Road. This caused the man to crash into the back of the pickup truck with considerable force. The motorcyclist was rushed to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The other driver escaped injury and appeared to cooperate with police on the scene. Troop D, along with the accident reconstruction unit, were both on the scene to determine the cause of the accident and worked the site throughout the remainder of the day. They are still unsure which driver was at fault for the crash.
A motorcycle crash of this type is often fatal due to the limited safety provided to motorcyclists. However, a fatal accident demands an in-depth investigation to ensure the person responsible faces justice. In this case, even if the pickup truck driver is not charged with a crime, the family of the deceased cyclist may still be able to sue him for wrongful death in Connecticut civil court. This is provided, of course, that sufficient evidence exists of his material contribution to the crash in the form of negligence or recklessness.