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Springs Man Dies After Motorcycle Accident

Publication: The East Hampton Press
By Virginia Garrison   May 6, 2012 6:11 PM
May 8, 2012 2:12 PM

Kent Gaugler, 49, of Springs died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Monday evening after he was critically injured when his motorcycle struck a utility pole on Three Mile Harbor Road early Sunday morning.

Mr. Gaugler was driving a 2012 Harley-Davidson southbound on Three Mile Harbor Road near Gann Road when his motorcycle left the road and crashed into the pole at about 1:30 a.m., according to East Hampton Town Police. His condition was not stable enough for him to be taken by helicopter to Stony Brook, so he was taken by ambulance first to Southampton Hospital, where he was stabilized before being transported to Stony Brook, Police Chief Eddie Ecker Jr. said on Monday.

A passerby reported the accident at 1:45 a.m., the chief said. He said that Springs Fire Department volunteers responded, along with East Hampton Village Ambulance Association volunteers and the East Hampton Town Police Department.

Mr. Gaugler was the owner of Live Wire Welding and Steel on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton.

According to East Hampton Town Police Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson, Mr. Gaugler was officially pronounced dead at 5:03 p.m. on Monday at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Det. Lt. Anderson said town detectives were still investigating the cause of the crash. “We don’t have the results of the accident reconstruction at this time,” he said. “For whatever reason, he lost control of the vehicle, went off the roadway and collided.”

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By highhatsize (2047), East Quogue on May 7, 12 12:49 AM
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By hbaysboomer (8), Hampton Bays on May 7, 12 9:43 AM
Newsday posted the name when they ran this story
By itsamazing (153), Southampton on May 7, 12 10:00 AM
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By itsamazing (153), Southampton on May 7, 12 3:24 PM
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By PBR (4364), Southampton on May 7, 12 5:45 PM
Hmmm, previous comment, which attempted to clarify things, was deleted.

Editor, please update this article.

Thank you.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on May 7, 12 6:40 PM
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By East End 2 (68), Southampton on May 7, 12 7:29 PM
also heard he passed so sorry to his family
By xtiego (293), bridgehampton on May 7, 12 7:35 PM
East End 2 and xtiego, thanks for updates.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on May 7, 12 7:37 PM
Editor-why was this story never updated? At least a follow up story
By EastEnd68 (815), Westhampton on May 8, 12 9:57 AM
The story has now been updated. We erred on the side of caution in reporting Mr. Gaugler's death because there were differences in what was being reported officially and what was being reported on social network sites. While it may seem moot when considering the unfortunate circumstances of this crash, it turns out that we were correct in waiting. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family for their loss.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (85), Westhampton Beach on May 8, 12 11:06 AM
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