Police Identify Motorcyclist Killed in Wallingford Crash

A 52-year-old New Haven man has died after his motorcycle collided with a Honda Element in Wallingford on Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Police said Timothy M. Rosa was driving his Harley Davidson Road King on Route 5/South Colony Road around 1:15 p.m. Saturday when the Honda Element tried to turn onto South Colony Road from Chester Avenue, and the two collided.

Witnesses said Rosa was not wearing a helmet. He was declared dead at the scene, according to police.

The driver of the Honda Element, 47-year-old Debra Denhart, of Wallingford, was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The road was closed until about 5:40 p.m. while police investigated to piece together the details of the crash and worked to clear the scene.

"It was atrocious," said a witness, who asked not to be identified. He said Rosa's motorcycle appeared to swerve in an effort to avoid hitting the Element but couldn't get out of the way in time. "He wailed her fender and that was it."

Elizabeth Maenza was also nearby when the crash happened.

"I remember the motorcycle going past and he sped up," Maenza said. "The family came and you just hear crying and screaming, and I just felt so sad for that family."

Rosa's friends congregated at the scene Saturday afternoon. They said he was a married father of three and had grandchildren as well.

The investigation is ongoing. As of Saturday night, no charges had been filed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wallingford police at 203-294-2817.

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