Motorcycle crash in New Garden kills woman and injures husband
Janea Gordon, 58, of Downingtown died in a motorcycle crash on Limestone Road in New Garden Township on Saturday afternoon. Her husband, Gary Gordon suffered severe injuries and remains in intensive care at Christiana Hospital at press time.
New Garden Police Chief Jerry Simpson said Tuesday the Gordons were riding a three-wheel Honda Gold Wing motorcycle southbound on Limestone Road at about 4 p.m. on Saturday. Joseph Henderson, 84, of Atglen, was traveling northbound on the same road and turned left in front of them, failing to yield their right of way.
The two vehicles collided, and the Gordons were thrown off the bike onto the roadway, according to Patrolman Gerry Lindenloft, who was the first one on the scene. Shortly after that, ambulances from Kennett Square, Avondale and New Castle arrived as well as Medic 94, southern Chester County's life support emergency room on wheels.
Janea Gordon was pronounced dead upon her arrival at the hospital, police said.
Henderson was injured, taken to the hospital, treated for broken bones and released, police said. Charges against him are pending a consultation with the Chester County District Attorney, Simpson said.
Simpson said both motorcycle riders were wearing helmets, but in a situation in which a car and bike collide, the motorcycle riders are in much greater danger, inasmuch as the cars are enclosed and contain much more safety equipment.
The accident took place at an intersection where cars are turning to and from Route 41 into and out of Route 7, which is the Delaware extension of Limestone Road.
Janea Gordon was a volunteer with Minquas Fire Company; Gary Gordon was Assistant Chief with the West Bradford Fire Company.
Janea A. Gordon, of Downingtown, died on Saturday, July 30, 2011. She was born on September 28, 1953 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Charles and Frances Lague. She was the beloved wife of Gary D. Gordon of Downingtown and devoted mother to Sean (Nicki) Gordon and Colleen (Jeff) Gordon Hall, both of Downingtown. Janea was the work study coordinator at the Vanguard School, Malvern. She was a member of the West Bradford Fire Company, the Minquas Ambulance and the Red Knights Motorcycle Club (Pa2). She loved to travel, collect Charming Tails, and shop for a good deal. She was an active participant in several square dancing groups, but Janea's favorite pastime was spent lovingly spoiling her grandchildren, Brendan and Colin, who will miss her dearly. She is also survived by her father, Charles Lague, of Pawley's Island, South Carolina and two sisters, Mara Lague of Lakeview Terrace, California and Roz (Kevin) Smith of Huntington, West Virginia, a brother-in-law, Keith (Kathy) Gordon of North East, Maryland and a sister-in-law, Carol Gordon, of Kaneohe, Hawaii. The celebration of Janea's life is on hold at this time as the family remains focused on Gary, Janea's husband, who remains in critical condition at Christiana Hospital, Delaware. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted at Citadel Federal Credit Union, c/o the Janea Gordon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 650, Exton, PA 19341. Contributions will be distributed to those organizations dear to her heart. Updates on Gary's condition and Janea's Life Celebration can be found on the Carepages website: http://www.carepages.com/carepages/garydgordon. Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, Broomall.
- Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) Tuesday, 02 Aug 2011
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