Motorcycle accident in Ghent


Ghent, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that on May 5, 2018 at approximately 12:05pm, Deputy Sheriff’s were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to a personal injury motorcycle accident on State Route 66, just north of Whittier Way in the Town of Ghent.

Deputies found that a 2002 Victory motorcycle, operated by 70 year old Ronald L. Hinkel of Valatie, was driving southbound on State Route 66 and lost control of the bike when the kickstand came down making contact with the road. The motorcycle, with operator still aboard, went off the west side of the roadway and down on its side, sliding on a grassy area nearly striking a tree, and then coming to rest after making impact with a large shrub. There were no passengers on the motorcycle.

Mr. Hinkel was transported by Greenport Rescue Squad to the Columbia County Airport, where he was transferred to LifeNet flight to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center for internal injuries. In addition, the operator also had injuries to his hand, leg, and lacerations to his face.

The investigation is continuing.

Greenport Rescue Squad and West Ghent Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter, Deputy Thomas Merante and Deputy Daniel Keyser

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