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Man Killed In River Road Motorcycle Crash


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A man was killed in an Upper Makefield motorcycle crash over the weekend.

Police said the crash happened in the 1500 block of River Road around 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

Officers arrived to find William Ottey, 42, of Levittown, laying in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene and suffered a traumatic head injury, police said.

A passenger on the motorcycle suffered a leg injury and was rushed to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown by Central Bucks EMS.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that Ottey was traveling southbound on River Road with a group of motorcyclists. Ottey attempted to pass other southbound traveling vehicles at which time Ottey lost control of the motorcycle, sustaining fatal injuries caused by contacting the roadway. Due to braking in the southbound lane of travel, a second motorcycle collided with the rear of another southbound moving vehicle,” police said.

The crash remained under investigation as of Monday.


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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001