Police looking for information in latest fatal bicycle accident

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Nov. 18, 2011
The Nov. 14 crash on Burnside was the second bike accident fatality in recent months. Photos by Frances Taylor.
The Nov. 14 crash on Burnside was the second bike accident fatality in recent months. Photos by Frances Taylor.

A 40-year-old man riding a bicycle was killed when his bike collided with an SUV on Burnside Avenue on Nov. 14, according to the East Hartford Police Department. The accident was the second fatal collision between a vehicle and a bicycle on Burnside Avenue in the past few months.

The bicyclist, Daniel Schultz, was struck by a white Ford Expedition in the area of 243 Burnside Ave., at 6:26 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14. Police said the bike and the SUV were traveling in the same lane in opposite directions at the time of the accident. Schultz, whose last known residence was 41 Silver Lane, was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:59 p.m.

The bicyclist, who was towing a small trailer behind the bike, may have been weaving in and out of the roadway at the time of the accident, police said. The driver, Tracey Hudson, an East Hartford resident, has not been charged with a crime in the accident.

Another bicyclist, 56-year-old William Laramie, was struck and killed on Burnside Ave near Larrabee Street on Sept. 1. Laramie was struck by a Corvette driven by Paul Bato, 45, a Manchester resident who was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.

After that accident, Laramie was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m., police said. Bato was arrested, and an investigation revealed that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, according to Lt. Curt Stoldt, a spokesman for the East Hartford Police Department.

Bato was accompanied by a passenger, Janice Light, who was not injured or charged in the accident. Bato has previously been charged with drunk driving on two occasions. Police said they found evidence that Bato and his passenger had been drinking at two establishments in Hartford in the hours before the accident. A glass containing rum and a can of beer were found in the car, police said.

The Nov. 14 accident remains under investigation by the East Hartford Police Department’s accident reconstruction team. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has information about the case should call the East Hartford Police Department at 860-528-4401 or the confidential police tip line at 860-289-9134.


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