Man Thrown from Bike During Charity Motorcycle Rally in Hamden Dies: Police

Police are asking anyone with information to contact authorities.

A motorcyclist was thrown from his bike during a charity motorcycle rally in Hamden Sunday and has died. 

Police said Paul Panaroni, 59, of Hamden, was taking part in the annual “Don’s Hat Rack Motorcycle Rally” and he was thrown from his motorcycle as hundreds of motorcycles were leaving the Louis Astorino Ice Arena at 10 a.m. Sunday. 

Medical personnel stationed nearby quickly responded and Panaroni was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he later died from his injuries, police said. An autopsy was conducted. 

“Don’s Hat Rack Motorcycle Rally,” which is held in memory of the late Donald Perotti, raises money for the Smilow Cancer Hospital. 

Anyone who has information or video of the crash is asked to call the Hamden Police Department Traffic Division at (203) 230-4036.

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