Motorcycle Crashes Leave One Rider Dead, One Seriously Injured

Police, fire and ambulance responders were called out to two motorcycle crashes in Putnam County in two days, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. 

The second crash, on April 20, killed a Yonkers man, Anthony R. Fantasia, Jr., 38.

Members of the Mahopac Falls Fire Department ambulance squad, TransCare paramedics, Carmel police and the Putnam Valley Fire Department responded to the scene. Mr. Fantasia was pronounced dead at the scene by Putnam County Coroner Daniel Stephens.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the motorcycle was traveling northbound on Wood Street at an unreasonable speed around 6 p.m. when it failed to negotiate a curve, drove off the travel portion of the roadway and struck a large rock, police said.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Alex Ruhe, assisted by members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team and investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The investigation is continuing. 

The first, on April 18, occurred on Route 311 in Patterson around 2 a.m.

Police said Sheriff's Deputy Frederick Mark arrived first and found the motorcycle resting against a tree and its driver lying on the ground. The driver, 26-year-old Daniel P. Brady of  Hopewell Junction, apparently sustained serious head and back injuries. He was rushed by ambulance to an awaiting Stat Flight emergency medical helicopter and was transported to the Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla.

Investigation revealed that Mr. Brady was operating his 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle at a speed not reasonable and prudent while attempting to negotiate a curve. He lost control of the vehicle and drove it off the travel portion of the roadway striking two trees. As a result of Deputy Mark’s investigation, Mr. Brady was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent and Operating a Motorcycle While Wearing an Unapproved Protective Helmet. He is scheduled to appear in Patterson Town Justice Court at a later date.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at that scene by TransCare paramedics, members of the Patterson Fire Department and the Putnam Lake Fire Department Ambulance Corps.


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