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Fatal motorcycle accident in Hortonville


August 21, 2011

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a fatal motorcycle accident on County Route 121 in Hortonville on August 20. At the scene deputies found Gordan Owens, 38, of Callicoon Center deceased.

The investigation of the accident revealed that the victim left his residence at about 11:00 AM and was spotted in a 30 foot ravine by a passing bicyclist at around 1:15 PM.

It appears the victim was traveling southbound on a 2002 Kawasaki Ninja when he failed to negotiate an "S" turn and ran off the northbound shoulder. When rescue workers reached the location, the engine of the motorcycle was cold, leading deputies to believe the accident had occured some time before the 911 call was placed.

Owens was pronounced dead by Sullivan County Coroner Tom Warren. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Hortonville Fire Department and Town of Delaware ambulance. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with further information is urged to call the Sheriff's Office at 845-794-7100.