The Newtown Police Department has identified the motorcycle operator who passed away in an accident that closed Route 25 in Newtown for hours yesterday (Jan. 19).

According to a press release from Newtown Sergeant, Aaron Bahamonde, the victim of the accident in the area of Reservoir Road is 42-year-old, Michael Defusco of Southbury, CT.

The NPD, Newtown Hook & Ladder, and Newtown Ambulance responded to a 911 emergency call reporting that a motorcycle accident had occurred on Mt. Pleasant (Route 25) at around 3:00 PM on Thursday.

When officers arrived, they found the heavily damaged motorcycle in the southbound lane, but tragically, the Defusco was located down the embankment of the road's shoulder. Paramedics pronounced him deceased at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michael and the Defusco family.