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Man killed in Pomfret motorcycle accident

A tragic motorcycle accident in Pomfret, Connecticut has taken the life of the motorcycle rider. The deadly crash occurred over the Memorial Day weekend when the man lost control of his motorcycle on a turn. The bike then slid into another lane and colliding with an oncoming vehicle. The man and his passenger were both taken to a nearby medical center, where the man was pronounced dead.

The passenger was eventually transferred to a larger hospital. Reports indicate that both the motorcycle's driver and passenger were wearing protective helmets at the time of the accident. The driver and passenger of the other vehicle did not sustain injuries.

This accident marked Connecticut's third traffic fatality over Memorial Day weekend. Although state troopers made extra efforts to enforce traffic laws, the holiday weekend in 2011 had already seen more deaths than the previous year, during which time only one out of 249 total accidents resulted in a fatality. Unfortunately while most holiday weekends often see an uptick in fatal accidents, this Memorial Day weekend appears to have been an especially dangerous time to be on Connecticut highways.

Connecticut police has thus far issued 715 seat belt citations, 1,438 speeding tickets and charged 45 individuals with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The state police's four-day enforcement initiative ended just before midnight on May 30.

Unfortunately motorcycle accidents can often result in serious injuries and death; even when as in this case, both riders were wearing protective gear. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident it is important to work with an attorney who is experienced dealing with the unique factors that can be involved in motorcycle accidents."

Source: Norwich Bulletin "Houston man killed in Pomfret motorcycle crash" Alison Shea, May 29, 2011

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