A motorcyclist died Thursday in an I-84 crash on the Rochambeau Bridge near the Southbury/Newtown border.
State Police identified the motorcyclist as William Jasmin, 48, of Rockwell Road in Danbury.
About 7 a.m., Jasmin was riding his 2014 Harley eastbound approaching the bridge and “veered right for unknown reasons and struck the concrete bridge rail off the right ride of the roadway,” according to the police report.
Jasmin was thrown off the Harley FLHTK and struck the guardrail on top of the concrete bridge rail. He came down in the right lane, and right shoulder of the highway.
The motorcycle kept going, spinning out of control and coming to a “final rest in the left lane facing northeast, approximately 550 feet east of the initial point of impact,” the accident report said.
Jasmin was pronounced dead at the scene.
The highway was shut down during the course of the investigation. Only one lane was reopened during most of the morning commute.
At 8 a.m., there was nearly four miles of eastbound traffic congestion with an average speed of 25 mph.Westbound traffic is also congested more than eight miles between Exits 16 and 11.
The bridge over the Housatonic River between Newtown and Southbury is name in honor of French Lt. General Comte de Rochambeau, who aided the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.