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Motorcyclist Sent to Hospital After Rte. 7 Crash in Ridgefield

Suffered "significant injuries," police said.

A motorcyclist was sent to the hospital after he drove into the back of a vehicle on Rte. 7 this past Saturday in Ridgefield.

Ridgefield Police said a car had stopped in the southbound lane of Rte. 7 in order to turn left into the Ridgefield BMW Dealership when a motorcycle, also traveling southbound, crashed into the stopped vehicle at 12:00 p.m.

Police said that the motorcyclist, identified as Anthony Grevi, 45, of Mill Plain Road, Danbury, was transported to Danbury Hospital for “significant injuries” after the crash. Grevi was issued a warning for following too close. 

Police identified driver of the stopped vehicle as David Suarez, 46, of Hayfield Road, New Milford.

The motorcycle and the other vehicle were towed due to “extensive damage”, reports state.

The Ridgefield Police Department is investigating the incident. 

Samantha_F October 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Can't something be done about all the accidents on route 7? So many. Too many.
AS October 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
No left hand turns to shops on the opposite side (and vice versa) would be a start. It's basically a highway now.
Danger Will Robinson October 24, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Other locations have been in similar situations, where they take a sleepy country road and upgrade it to a highway type of status. On Long Island, they did it with Sunrise Highway. Their solution was to put in traffic lights and overpasses. Works very well. In New Jersey, they did it on Route 35. Their solution was to put in "jug handles" for turning. Works very well. In Ridgefield, we did it on Route 7. Our solution, just pretend it works and ignore all the accidents. We need new leaders who will put in the effort to fix it. Heck, who am I kidding. No will even admit there is a problem.
M Smith October 24, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Are you crazy? You would expect people go all the way down and turn around to come back to the shops? I'm so glad you don't make those decisions. People just need to slow down and not follow so close.
Siwanoy October 26, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Ridgefield needs to partner with Wilton and the state and extend super 7, this quasi-highway clearly isn't cutting it anymore.
Graybar October 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Super 7 is dead. The state sold some of the property so it can never happen.
Graybar October 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM
m: I think AS just meant have a left turn lane in the middle so when someone was turning left they didn't block the cars behind them from continuing.
AS October 27, 2012 at 03:18 PM
M - it appears several ppl are in agreement with me that something needs to change. I'd urge you to consider hoping people slow down in one hand and you know what in the other and let's see which fills up first.
Dry For Now October 27, 2012 at 08:04 PM
People aren't going to drive slower. We just built a smoother road. We have encouraged them to driver faster. I think it's naive to put in this better road without thinking through the dangers of no room to turn left and no center division barrier, People are dying. On the Ridgefield Press twiiter feed they mention every time there's an accident on route 7. In the past few months there have been dozens of accidents. This road is a disaster. And yes, M, I do expect cars to go down to the next intersection to turn left. This is how other places do it. Ever drive in New Jersey? It comes across as so entitled to be outraged that you can't turn left exactly when you want. It shouldn't be about your convenience, It's about keeping drivers safe.
John Symon October 27, 2012 at 09:40 PM
When was the last fatality? I'm told several years, vs 2-3 a year before road improvements. People quit talking on phones and texting sure would help
Graybar October 27, 2012 at 09:45 PM
There was a fatality on the lower part of Route 7 this past summer. Not on the new section, but down just north of Anconas (where i think it is only one lane each direction). There was a big wreck this morning by the gun club. Three cars all massively damaged. No fatalities. But John Frey said it looked horrible.
Graybar October 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Trouble is that on route 7 if you turn right out of say BMW then turn at light onto Bennett's Farm Road, that adds at least ten minutes to your trip. In New Jersey they have those designated areas where you can turn around. We really need one of those. We should have made Super 7 but then the politicians sold off that property to ensure super 7 is off the table forever. People want to get to home or work and we deliberately didn't do it right. The accidents are a symptom of this.
Siwanoy October 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM
ah, to bad, I'd say its needed.
Markus October 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I agree that turning left at Bennetts will take extra time. But the alternative is some people will die. I vote for taking extra time to turn. The problem as I see it is we took a sleepy road and turned it into a super highway, but without the safety features of a super highway. I think it wasn't thought out very well. I see there were two accidents on route 7 today. Two! This won't stop until we take action to make the road safer.
BetsyJ October 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I hope John Frey would say a little more than it was horrible. John was instrumental in getting this dangerous road built. He should look at the horror and immediately look for solutions to make the road safer. I'm beginning to believe we need some fresh energy in that particular elected office.
John Symon October 28, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I'm appreciative that John Frey went to the scene of the accident. Remember, this widening had numerous public hearings, was approved years ago by Ridgefield Board of selectmen, Police Commission, City of Danbury, HCOEO and the experts at DOT. Do you remember the numerous roadside memorials where people died? I'd say 4 per year. Horrific accidents. One involved someone I knew near the old Pepperidge Farms, This road is far superior than the old one.
John Symon October 28, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I think Frey had something to do with getting funding for a plan that had many reviews and long had been approved Last I knew, Frey was a small business owner, not a highway designer.
BetsyJ October 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I'm not a highway designer either, but I do have common sense. If I saw the plans before it was built, first thing I'd point out is we are making the road faster, but not adding any of the standard highway safety features. I feel John should have pointed this out.
Tom Falconieri October 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Simply PUT PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DRIVE. They are constantly distracted talking on phones and texting. Just ride around ridgefield for 2 minutes and you will see someone on the phone. Not only teenagers but grown up men and women with a car full of kids gabbing on the phone. This past summer i as usual see the same realtors with their tops down and driving their Mercedes Benz gabbing on the phone. The realtor has a plate identifies the person in QUESTION and who she is. With this and the trend people are involved in accidents. Yesterday i was on 84 just past exit 4 and in the right lane. A women was trying to get on to the highway. She was right next to my car and ran out of the approach lane. She hit her horn and gave me the FINGER. Guess she does not know how to enter and leave a HIGHWAY. You are supposed to enter and leave all highways at the posted speed limit. But clearly this women was never taught this. PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DRIVE PERIOD!!!
paul d. October 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
What business does Frey own? I thought he was a real estate agent.
Tom Falconieri October 29, 2012 at 02:43 AM
paul d. 7:29 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2012 What business does Frey own? I thought he was a real estate agent. He is a REALTOR!!! I THINK
YOUAREALLSTUPID December 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
WOW this doesn't surprise me in the least bit, the police gave him a warning for following too close when hes in the hospital with major injuries?!?!? isn't that payment enough?

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