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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

10/07/08 Ex-Greenwich Time Reporter Hoa Nguyen Tells Us Of Another Road Death Involving A Greenwich Man

Journal News

NORTH WHITE PLAINS - A 45-year-old Greenwich, Conn., man died Sunday evening after he lost control of his motorcycle on Route 22, police said.

Stephen Powers was riding north near Westlake Drive when, for an unknown reason, his motorcycle veered off the road and struck a guardrail post, North Castle police said. He then went back onto the southbound lanes of the road, police said.

He appeared to have died upon or shortly after impact, police said. Blunt force trauma was the cause of death, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

Police are unsure why Powers lost control of his motorcycle, Officer William Scherf said, noting that the crash occurred near the end of a curve on the well-traveled road along the Kensico Reservoir.

A passer-by reported finding Powers' body underneath the bike in the roadway about 6 p.m. There were no known witnesses to the accident, Scherf said.

"It's undetermined whether he veered out of the way of oncoming traffic or an animal," Scherf said.

Because Powers, who was wearing a helmet, and the bike were found a short distance from the crash site, police do not believe speed was a factor, Scherf said. The posted speed limit for the road is 55 mph.

"It was a nice day, and he was just going out for a ride," Scherf said.

Reach Hoa Nguyen at hnguyen7@lohud.com or 914-696-8570.


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