One Dead, Two Others Injured in Eastford Motorcycle Accident

One man is dead and two others suffered serious injuries after three motorcycles crashed on Route 44 in Eastford on Sunday afternoon.

The motorcyclists crashed just before 12:30 p.m. at the loop where Sprague Hill Road and Pomfret Road connect in Eastford, not far from the Pomfret line, according to state police.

Initial investigation shows that two motorcycles, driven by Kenneth Oliva, 68, of Norwood, Mass. and Philip Mcmanus, 66, of Norwood, Mass. were traveling west on Route 44. A third motorcycle, driven by Nicholas Romitti, 26, of Vernon, was traveling east.

Oliva and Romitti collided as all three bikes came around the curve, police said. Both men were thrown from their vehicles.

Mcmanus was also caught up in the crash and was thrown from his bike.

Oliva was transported via Lifestar to Hartford Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Mcmanus and Romitti were transported to UMass hospital for treatment.

The crash closed Route 44 for several hours.

Police are investigating.

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