Upstate New York Groom Dies in Wedding Night ATV Accident

by emallernee | September 21st, 2011

September 21, 2011

In an accident that the bride’s father calls “a living nightmare,” a 25-year-old groom died in a Dover Plains, New York, ATV accident on his wedding night this past Saturday.

The 25-year-old Wingdale resident had been a passenger on a side-by-side ATV driven by his 23-year-old brother only hours after his wedding reception at a hotel in Shermann, Connecticut.

USA Today reports that the accident occurred at 11:30 p.m. on Ore Bed Road near Dover Furnace Road when the Can-Am Commander 1000 UTV—described as a “high-end, four-wheeler with a powerful V-twin engine”—hit a tree and flipped over on the road, pinning the groom underneath.

The man was pronounced dead at New Milford Hospital in Connecticut, where he died of blunt force trauma to the head, chest, and abdomen. The brother was also treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

“It appears that alcohol was a factor in the accident,” said New York State Police Sgt. L. Daniele. “[The groom’s brother] was charged with driving while intoxicated. Further charges are pending.”

Earlier in the day the victim had married a 22-year-old nurse from Carmel, New York, at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Shermann.

The ATV was owned by the groom’s younger brother.

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