August 1, 2013

Fort Covington man dies in motorcycle crash

HELENA — A Fort Covington motorcyclist was killed when he crashed and struck a road sign shortly before noon Wednesday.

WWNY TV 7 in Watertown reported Ralph Deshane, 48, was on his way home from successful completion of his road test when the accident occurred.

Deshane’s motorcycle crashed on State Route 37C near Depot Street in the Town of Brasher, hamlet of Helena, said Massena-based State Police Trooper Dustin Anderson, citing the police accident report.

The motorcycle came to rest on right side and southern shoulder of the roadway, Anderson said.

The report says Deshane “exited the roadway for an unknown reason.”

A passerby called 911 at about 11:45 a.m. to report the accident, Anderson said.


Bystanders performed cardiopulmonary respiration on Deshane until emergency responders arrived, but he could not be revived.

He was pronounced dead at the accident site, Anderson said.

An autopsy Wednesday afternoon at Massena Memorial Hospital found his death was caused by massive internal injuries as a result of blunt force trauma, Anderson said.

The speed limit is 55 mph in the area of road where the crash occurred, but State Police said neither speed, alcohol nor drugs were factors.

Police interviewed one person who may have witnessed the crash and others who were in the area at the time but haven’t determined the cause of the accident.

“Motorcycle accidents are really hard to determine (the cause),” Anderson said. “We talked to everybody on scene. Determining the actual reason it (the motorcycle) exited the roadway, we’ll never know.”

Deshane reportedly had a underlying medical condition that police believe may have contributed to the accident.

The investigation into the accident is complete, Anderson said.

No further information was available Wednesday.

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