'Paramount that motorists pay attention.' State police issue warning after fatal motorcycle crashes
State police have issued a warning to motorists following multiple fatal crashes in Connecticut over the past week.
"It's very paramount that motorists pay attention for motorcycles," says Trooper First Class Pedro Muniz. "They are a lot harder to see, especially in their blind spots, and they are smaller."
State police say a motorcycle rider died Saturday following a crash on I-95 north in Westport.
"The motorcycle rear-ended the vehicle in front and then collided onto the median," says Muniz.
A pair of deadly crashes then followed in Bridgeport.
The first crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Fairfield and Colorado avenues. Police say a 41-year-old Bridgeport man became pinned underneath a Toyota RAV4 after his motorcycle collided with the vehicle. The motorcyclist died at the hospital.
The second accident happened Tuesday. A vigil was held Wednesday for the 30-year-old motorcycle rider who Bridgeport police say was fatally struck by a jeep that was turning into a driveway.
Another accident happened Wednesday in Fairfield. Police say a motorcyclist seriously injured his leg crashing into a utility pole on Holland Hill Road.
As crash investigators continue to look into each case, state police had a message for both drivers of cars and riders of motorcycles.
"Pay extra attention to motorcycles, give them extra space. There's really no such thing as a fender-bender, especially when you rear-end a motorcycle. It can be fatal," says Muniz. "For riders, use extra caution. When you are going to make a turn, when you're crossing an intersection, make sure you double, triple check. And wear reflective tape."
Bridgeport police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crashes to contact them.