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Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Enfield Man

Robert Kegler, 61, was riding on Maple Street in Ellington when he was involved in a three vehicle accident.

A little before 9 p.m. on Sunday, a 61-year-old Enfield man was involved in a and was later pronounced dead.

According to Connecticut State Police, Robert Kegler, of 67 Weymouth School Rd., was traveling eastbound on Maple Street when his motorcycle made contact with two other vehicles. Kegler was taken to St. Francis Hospital via LifeStar helicopter where he later died.

A van being driven by a 23-year-old Enfield woman was traveling westbound on Maple Street, approaching the intersection with Tomoka Avenue and Jobs Hill Road. A pickup truck being driven by a 17-year-old South Windsor man was also on Maple Street, directly in front of the van.

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The driver of the truck entered the intersection and attempted to make a left hand turn onto Tomoka Avenue. This is when Kegler’s motorcycle collided with the right side of the truck. Kegler was ejected from the motorcycle and landed in the roadway. He was then treated by and transported to St. Francis hospital via LifeStar.

No one else was injured in this collision.

The van was removed from the scene by its operator, the motorcycle was removed by , and the truck was removed by .

This accident is still under investigation.

Dan Thayer May 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
It seems evident that the 17 year old driver of the pickup truck made a left turn across the path of the oncoming motorcyclist. Either he failed to even see the motorcycle (The accident was at night, so he should have seen the motorcycle's headlight), or he completely misjudged the time he had before the motorcyclist would enter the intersenction. Regardless, a man is dead, probably though no fault of his own. What hurts even more is that the young driver will probably not be charged with any violation involving negligence on his part, but more likely will receive a ticket for Failure To Grant Right Of Way. That is just a slap on the wrist.
Rebel May 22, 2012 at 03:35 PM
All due respect to Bob.. the 17 year old driver will have to live with this accident for the rest of his life.. I don't call that a slap on the wrist. Accidents are just that.. an accident because of someone's poor judgement. Would charging this 17 year old kid with a negligence crime and sentencing him to prison for a while make it all better? Or would it just make another victim? Having worked in a prison.. I'm not so sure that would do anything.. other than turn him into a violated angry man, that will eventually be released .. only to enter society with what he learned in prison. I feel bad for Bob and his family...he worked with me. but there has to be some kind of happy medium re: a violation.

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