NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk motorcyclist who died Thursday after a collision with a car had owned his bike for only minutes, according to Norwalk Town Clerk Rick McQuaid. Michael Miller, 29, of Glendenning Street, had just left the Department of Motor Vehicles after registering the motorcycle.
Miller's 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle hit a 2008 Suburu driven by an 18-year-old Wilton woman just up the road, according to Sgt. James Boff. The collision happened at about 3:30 p.m. in front of Town Fair Tire at 580 Main Ave. An off-duty Greenwich police officer performed CPR on Miller until Norwalk paramedics arrived to take over, but Miller was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital later that afternoon.
McQuaid said he is close friends with the man who sold Miller the motorcycle and said he is "devastated" by the news. The man met Miller at the DMV to walk him through the process of registering the bike and showed Miller the ropes of using what was his first motorcycle. Miller didn't have a helmet. The man loaned him one and told him to always wear a helmet.
The man who sold the motorcycle exited the DMV and turned left on Main Avenue. Miller turned right and the collision happened minutes later.
Police seized the helmet as evidence, Boff said.
"It's a tragedy," McQuaid said.