2012-07-19 / Front Page

Kent Man Critically Injured In Motorcycle Crash


Eric Gross PhotosEric Gross Photos

Kent Police Lt. Alex DiVernieri described a motorcycle crash on Route 52 in Lake Carmel as being surreal.

A 2001 Honda being operated northbound at excessive speed went out of control Thursday morning and ran off the east shoulder of the road before striking a rock and plummeting the operator into the air.

James Watson, 29, landed 50 feet away in a wooded area from where the wreckage of the two-wheeler was found in the middle of Route 52. Pieces of the cycle were scattered over a wide area. Watson’s sneakers were knocked off his feet—one landing more than 200 feet from the victim.

Watson suffered massive head, internal, and leg trauma and was rushed by ambulance to Danbury Hospital. 

There, he underwent surgery and was admitted to intensive care. The owner of a nearby jewelry shop told the Courier he heard the motorcycle revving its engine as it passed his business: “It was like a blur, when all of a sudden I heard a crash and saw the cycle explode.”

Chief DiVernieri said the crash was captured on a video surveillance camera taken from one of the nearby places of business: “I’ve been in this business a long time but I never have witnessed such carnage.
He was traveling so fast that he didn’t have a chance. The cycle disintegrated upon impact.”

Kent Police were assisted at the scene by the Lake Carmel, Carmel and Patterson Fire Departments.

Route 52 was closed for more than three hours until the accident investigation and reconstruction were completed.

Assisting at the scene was a representative of the Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services.




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