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September 16, 2009 - 9:50pm

Motorcyclist critically injured in accident on Swamp Road in Byron

posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, byron, Swamp Road.

An Elba man is in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital following a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Swamp Road in Byron this afternoon.

Thomas M. Legler, 49, was reportedly not wearing a DOT-approved helmet when he apparently lost control of his bike around 3:34 p.m..

The initial investigation indicates that Legler was westbound on Swamp Road when he failed to navigate a sharp turn in the roadway. His 2003 Harley Davidson crossed the double-yellow line and then skidded on its side, exiting the roadway on the south shoulder. Legler was ejected from the motorcycle.

There were no passengers.

Speed is believed to be the primary factor in the accident. Alcohol is not considered a factor.

Legler was transported to Strong via Mercy Flight.

The investigation is ongoing and being handled by Deputy Butler, Sgt. Walker and Sgt. Scott of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office Crash Management Team.

Karen Miconi
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Tom died today from his injuries. My deapest sympathy to his wife and family. This was a terrible tragedy.
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the only good that can come from through this tragedy is if people would understand the necessity of wearing proper safety, it saves lives. you may feel you have control and you may have gone over the same stretch of roads a hundred times and you may feel like you should have the freedom to wear what you wish, for you children and your loved ones sake wear a helmet and drive safe.

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