The accident, which occurred around 5:00 p.m. on November 8, happened when the officer's motorcycle struck the driver's side door of a car throwing the man and his female passenger from the bike according to the New Haven Register.
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Both the motorcycle passenger and driver were taken to a nearby hospital, where the woman was reportedly pronounced dead of serious injuries. The off-duty officer driving the motorcycle is currently listed as in stable condition according to the Hartford Courant.
Neither victim was wearing a helmet, which is legal under Connecticut laws.
Motorcycle accidents typically result in serious injuries with more than 100,000 motorcyclists being killed in accidents since 1966, a fact attributed to the lack of protection afforded by motorcycles, the speed at which the average vehicle is driven, and the difficulty of taller cars and trucks to see them.