Motorcyclist Dies from Injuries in Sunday Crash

Friends, family say East Hampton business owner Kent Gaugler passed away at Stony Brook Hospital.

The died a few hours after being transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center for head injuries.

Kent F. Gaugler, 49, was driving a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Three Mile Harbor Road when he left the roadway and hit a utility pole at the Gann Road intersection.

He is survived by three daughters and his wife. He owned and worked at Live Wire Welding & Steel on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton.

Numerous friends told East Hampton Patch, Gaugler had died from his injuries. His wife Karen Marino-Gaugler's Facebook page included a note to friends thanking them for their support following his death.

Police Chief Ed Ecker said on Monday morning that doctors are preparing to harvest Gaugler's organs.

A passerby called in the accident at about 1:45 a.m., according to Chief John Claflin, who was the first emergency personnel on scene.

He was alone on the motorcycle.

Gaugler was transported to by the . According to the hospital, the man was transported to .

detectives continue to investigate the cause of the accident.

Loretta Lynch May 07, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Oh I am so very sad to hear this. I have known Kent since he was a small boy. My prayers go out to his family.
Sheila Krasniqi May 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I am going to hug my husband & children a little tighter today. Prayers to Karen & girls. Love, the Krasniqi family
Lois May 07, 2012 at 02:47 PM
God Bless Karen and the girls, your cousins love you. The Gaugler Family
Josh Gladstone May 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Condolences to the family - to Karen and the girls we send our prayers and love. The Gladstone Family
rita wasserman May 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
so sorry for your loss. the shock is overwhelming..my prayers and support are with you Karen and your daughters..with Love, Rita Wasserman
Victor M. May 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Kent was more then a Brother in law to me , I loved him very much. To my sister Karen and my nieces I love you with all my heart and our prayers will always be with you . Love your Brother Victor, Anne, Tyler and Nicholas.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 04:44 PM
If I may help the family in any way, by writing Mr. Gaugler's obituary or announcing services, please do not hesitate to contact me at Taylor.Vecsey@patch.com. Thank you, and I'm very sorry for this terrible loss.
lydia ortiz May 07, 2012 at 05:55 PM
So sad to hear ..my condolences to the family!!!
Sara Bosworth May 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
We are so sorry for your loss Karen... you and your girls are in our thoughts...-Billy & Sara
Walter Robert Drobecker May 07, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Robert Drobecker & Family Kent was a good ,solid friend, we grew up riding dirt bikes to me working at his dad's resturant for like 9 years, We had some crazy good times. We are very sad by his passing. Rest in peace my friend....
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 07:28 PM
We are very sorry for your loss, too, Mr. Drobecker.
Dawn Huser Field May 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Heat breaking.....I had a lot of childhood memories with Kent and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and family..
Hope Herrlin May 07, 2012 at 09:24 PM
So sad to hear about his passing so many childhood memories, my thoughts and prayers going out to his family at this very sad time
Pamela Hudson May 08, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Karen, Mike and I only met you and Kent two weeks ago, and we can't believe this news. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Our condolences, Mike and Pam
Leo Connelly May 08, 2012 at 07:06 AM
So sorry to hear about Kent's passing. Our prayers go out to Karen and the whole family. Connelly family.
Larry J. Koncelik III May 09, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Kent, you are a heroic inspiration to me. You were a genuinly beautiful person that loved the results of accuracy and freedom. I've known You and Karen for 18 years since I've worked at Gene's Building. My Grandpa loved you. God Bless You, and Karen and your Children. We always had good times. East Hampton has lost its Final, self sustained American Machinist / Fabricator. I will always remember you.
Howie East End Lines May 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Howie Rasi I am so sorry Karen to hear the news. Kent had special talents. I am truly sorry. Our prayers go out to you and the girls........The Rasi family
Dyanna May 12, 2012 at 01:02 AM
<3 to Karen, Morgan,Riley and Wren, we love you <3
Jaguar-Guy May 12, 2012 at 01:21 PM
What a terriblby sad loss.
John Tepper Marlin September 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
New York City Deaths for Drivers, Bikers, Walkers Rose 29 Percent during the year ending June 2012, according to the New York City Mayor's Management Report. It shows that traffic fatalities increased from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2012 by 29 percent. The number of deaths increased from 236 to 291--the first major increase since 2007 when there were 307 deaths. 176 cyclists or pedestrians were killed in crashes while 115 were drivers or their passengers. So the alarming increase in accidents that we have seen in East Hampton during the summer of 2012 is part of a bigger pattern. The Bloomberg administration attributed the NYC increase to distracted driving and walking. Transportation advocates say that motorists are increasingly reckless. Every casualty as a basis for motivating us to think about how we can make our roads and vehicles safer for walkers, cyclists and motorists.


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