Motorcycle crash in New Garden kills woman and injures husband

posted Tue, Aug 2, 2011

The Kennett Paper

By Chris Barber

Courtesy photo Jane and Gary Gordon

Janea Gordon, 58, of Downingtown died in a motorcycle crash on Limestone Road in New Garden Township on Saturday afternoon. Her husband, Gary Gordon suffered severe injuries and remains in intensive care at Christiana Hospital at press time.

New Garden Police Chief Jerry Simpson said Tuesday the Gordons were riding a three-wheel Honda Gold Wing motorcycle southbound on Limestone Road at about 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Joseph Henderson, 84, of Atglen, was traveling northbound on the same road and turned left in front of them, failing to yield their right of way.

The two vehicles collided, and the Gordons were thrown off the bike onto the roadway, according to Patrolman Gerry Lindenloft, who was the first one on the scene. Shortly after that, ambulances from Kennett Square, Avondale and New Castle arrived as well as Medic 94, southern Chester County’s life support emergency room on wheels.

Janea Gordon was pronounced dead upon her arrival at the hospital, police said.

Henderson was injured, taken to the hospital, treated for broken bones and released, police said. Charges against him are pending a consultation with the Chester County District Attorney, Simpson said.

Simpson said both motorcycle riders were wearing helmets, but in a situation in which a car and bike collide, the motorcycle riders are in much greater danger, inasmuch as the cars are enclosed and contain much more safety equipment.

The accident took place at an intersection where cars are turning to and from Route 41 into and out of Route 7, which is the Delaware extension of Limestone Road.

Janea Gordon was a volunteer with Minquas Fire Company; Gary Gordon was Assistant Chief with the West Bradford Fire Company.

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