Two die in Route 184 crash

A Stonington police officer documents the scene as emergency crews from Stonington and North Stonington respond to a fatal motorcycle crash on Route 184 in Stonington Sunday afternoon.
A Stonington police officer documents the scene as emergency crews from Stonington and North Stonington respond to a fatal motorcycle crash on Route 184 in Stonington Sunday afternoon. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo

Stonington - Two men were killed late Sunday afternoon after the motorcycle they were riding crashed on Route 184 near the North Stonington town line.

Police are expected to release the names of the victims, one of whom is from Ledyard, this morning. Police Capt. Jerry Desmond said the other victim is originally from the area but now lives in another state.

Desmond said the initial investigation indicated the motorcycle was traveling west on Route 184 at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control just east of Taugwonk Road at about 4:10 p.m.

The crash closed Route 184 between Taugwonk and Stony Brook roads for about four hours. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to The Westerly Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Police and an accident reconstruction expert are investigating the crash.

Marty Jefson, who lives at 825 New London Turnpike, which is Route 184, said Sunday afternoon that he was mowing his lawn and didn't hear the crash.

But when he saw flashing police lights and went down to see what had happened, the red motorcycle lay 60 yards from his driveway.

Jefson said someone flipped their car onto an embankment across from his driveway a few years ago, but that he hasn't seen many accidents in the area even though he hears "kids opening it up occasionally."

"It's a pretty straight stretch with not a lot of traffic so there are lots of fast moving motorcycles up and down this stretch," Jefson said.

Shortly after the wreck, vehicles began to pull up to the scene and people that appeared to be friends or relatives of the victim ran past yellow police tape stretched across the road.

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