MERIDEN — A Southington motorcyclist has died after colliding with an SUV at the entrance to Hubbard Park Sunday night.
Police identified the motorcyclist as Leopold Dishereits, 53, of the Marion neighborhood of Southington. Sgt. Christopher Fry said he suffered head, neck, and chest injuries and was taken to MidState Medical Center, where he later died.
“He was always riding, no matter what.” Dishereits’ longtime friend John Muli said. “Until snow or ice was on the ground, he rode.”
The accident occurred about 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of West Main Street and Mirror Lake Drive. Dishereits was traveling west on West Main Street when he collided with a Nissan Rogue that was turning left into Hubbard Park, Fry said. Two off-duty nurses attended to him before first-responders arrived.
The driver of the Nissan, identified as Johnna Dreher, suffered minor injuries. Lt. Tom Cossette said she is cooperating with police.
A representative from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Monday afternoon Dishereits’ cause of death was determined to be blunt impact to the head and torso.
Police are gathering videos and witness statements. Cossette said there was heavy traffic in the area at the time of the crash due to the holiday lights display at Hubbard Park.
According to Muli, Dishereits regularly rode during the cold winter months. His favorite routes were along the shoreline – sometimes he would ride all the way to Rhode Island.
“I wouldn’t go with him, because I don’t ride in the cold like that,” Muli said. “But I rode with him a lot. He would come over to my house on the bike all the time.”
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call officer Brendan Connelly at 203 630-6215.
— Record-Journal staff
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