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November 9, 2013

Glenville man killed in motorcycle crash

MORIAH — A 29-year-old Glenville man killed in a motorcycle accident here while he was riding with a group of bikers.

James E. Rowledge was driving a 2007 BMW motorcycle east on Ensign Pond Road in the Town of Moriah shortly before 1:40 p.m. Oct. 12 when he attempted to pass one of the other motorists, said New York State Police Troop B Lt. Patrick Ryan.

The Schenectady County man attempted the pass in a no-passing zone and drove off the north shoulder of the road while trying to negotiate a curve in the roadway, according to Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

It was at that point that the motorcycle overturned and the vehicle and Rowledge struck a tree, Fleishman said.

The other motorcyclists who were traveling in the group performed CPR on Rowledge until authorities arrived, Fleishman said.

Rowledge was taken to Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Fleishman said, and was pronounced deceased by Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw the next day, she said.

The cause of death was determined to be internal injuries from blunt force trauma, Ryan said.

“James was pursuing his passion of riding with the ‘boys’ of the M & S Cycle through the Adirondacks,” it said in his obituary, posted online by Glenville Funeral Home. 

Rowledge was employed at the New Country Porsche in Clifton Park and attended Hudson Valley Community College.

He left behind his wife, Danielle, and his 4-year-old daughter, Lily.

“James was practical, humble and would lend a helping hand to anyone in need,” the obituary said.

Donations in his memory can be made to “Lily’s Fund” at 1st National Bank of Scotia, located at 240 Saratoga Road in Glenville.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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