36-Year-Old Killed In Crash After Hitting Motorcycle Lying In Roadway

A 36-year-old Connecticut man was killed after hitting another vehicle that had crashed.

The area of the fatal crash.
The area of the fatal crash. Photo Credit: Unsplash via Scott Rodgerson/Google Maps street view

It happened in Hartford County around 10:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3 in Wethersfield.

According to Connecticut State Police, Taj Andre Beckford, of Bloomfield, was driving a Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Route 5/15 just north of the on-ramp for Route 314 when he hit another motorcycle lying in the roadway, but not the driver identified as Jordan Barnes, age 20, of Newington.

The impact threw Beckford from his motorcycle and he landed in the roadway, state police said.

Beckford suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second driver, Barnes, was not injured.

This case remains under investigation. 

Any witness to the collision is asked to contact Trooper Michael Dean at Troop H, at 860-534-1098 or through email at

In addition, if you have a vehicle equipped with a dashcam, and you were driving through the area at the time of the collision, you are also asked to contact Dean.

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