Single error likely caused fatal motorcycle accident, police say

The head-on crash on steep, curvy terrain killed motorcycle driver Paula Esposito, 57, while the SUV driver and passengers had minor injuries.

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| 30 May 2022 | 08:17

A moment’s mistake appears to be the cause of the fatal motorcycle accident on Warwick Turnpike that killed Paula Esposito, 57, of Hewitt, NJ, on Saturday, according to Warwick Police Chief John Rader.

“She just crossed the double yellow line. There were no indications of erratic driving at all, ” Rader said.

The accident on Warwick Turnpike near the intersection of Bittersweet Way was reported at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Esposito, on a 2007 Harley Davidson, crossed the double yellow line and struck a 2022 Cadillac SUV head on. Lifesaving efforts on Esposito began at the scene by Warwick Police, Fire and EMS and continued to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The operator of the Cadillac and its passengers were taken to local hospitals for minor injuries. They were treated and released. The accident is being investigated by the Town of Warwick Police Detective Unit.

The SUV driver was a 42-year-old man from Port Washington, NY. His four passengers included another adult and children.

“We believe she was coming from her house,” said Rader of Esposito. “It doesn’t appear that speed was a factor. A car was in front of her.”

Toxicology results will not be available for several weeks, he said. Esposito was wearing a helmet.

Other accidents have occurred on that stretch of Warwick Turnpike, which is steep and winding, but they tended to involve large commercial vehicles, Rader said. Signage warning drivers to reduce gears and slow down have been posted.

“I see nothing else to change. It’s just the terrain,” he said.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Warwick detectives at 845-986-5000.