1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Killingworth crash

Intersection of Routes 81 and 148 in Killingworth (WTNH)

KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (WTNH) — One person has died and another seriously injured in a crash on Route 81 in Killingworth Sunday afternoon.

Just before 4:30 p.m., police said two motorcyclists were traveling with a group of other bikers on Route 81 just north of the intersection of Route 148. At the same time, an SUV being driven by 16-year-old Katherine Hausherr was heading southbound on Route 81. According to State Police, a head-on collision occurred between the SUV and the two motorcycles.

As a result of the collision, both riders were ejected from their motorcycles. Troopers said one of the riders, 47-year-old Karen Minutella, of Bayonne New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other rider, 47-year-old John Healey, also of Bayonne New Jersey, was transported by LifeStar emergency medical helicopter with serious, life-threatening injuries. State Police said Hausherr and her passengers in the SUV were not injured.

Immediately after the crash took place, a third motorcycle rider, 48-year-old William Moshka, of Bristol, took evasive action to avoid the crash. He was ejected from his motorcycle, causing a minor injury. His motorcycle then struck a second car that had stopped after the initial crash.

State Police are still conducting their investigation.

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