NEW BRITAIN – The 32-year-old man from Puerto Rico who was involved in a serious motorcycle crash in New Brite Plaza early Wednesday has died, police confirmed.
The man’s name has not been released. Friends left a makeshift memorial with candles and other items at the site where he crashed.
The man was on a motorcycle riding in the parking lot of the plaza at around 12:20 a.m. when he struck a concrete post with a chain across it, police said. When he struck the chain, he flew off the motorcycle, Capt. Christopher Chute said. He was not wearing a helmet, police said.
The man was seriously injured and is in critical but stable condition at an area hospital.
The posts and chain were recent additions to the middle of the parking lot toward the Main Street side, Chute said. The man was traveling from the east side of the parking near McDonald’s toward Main Street when the crash occurred.
The post and chains were installed a few years in response to tenant complaints of speeding in the parking lot, said officials from the company that maintain the plaza.
Police are asking anyone with information or who may have witnessed the crash to call Sgt. Steven King at (860) 826-3071.