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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.

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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