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Well i heard today that about two days ago there was another tragic death at mototown usa. my good friends father's coworker lost his life there. Atleast from what i have heard. Not completley sure about his but its what has been said to me. If anyone has any info on this it be great if they could fill me in.

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Are you talking about the second man who was injured last week and in the hospital? Or is this another rider.

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There is no information about it on the web....if the second Man passed away it would DEFINETLY be in the local new it is not. only that he was in critical condition.

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anybody know what happened to the second guy?

Nobody seems to know jack shit when it comes to this subject. I tend to agree with Precision50, if the guy passed on, it would be in the papers.

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not necissarilly, the big story got out, they might not follow it up. I was told by friends that work in the industry on monday that he had passed. believe me I don't want it to be true, and it's not something worth going back and forth over, but whateve the case may be, it sucks all the same.

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I just came across this.

03/02/2007

Second rider dies of injuries suffered at Mototown USA: Friends, family remember Phillip Tenerowicz of Enfield

By: Erin Quinlan and Anne Pallivathuckal , Journal Inquirer

WINDSOR - For the second time in less than a month, an accident at Mototown USA has resulted in a rider's death.

The latest rider to die of injuries suffered at Mototown, the world's largest indoor motocross facility, is Phillip Tenerowicz, 36, of Enfield, who suffered critical injuries that would result in his death during his first visit to Mototown on Feb. 20.

Tenerowicz died Tuesday at Hartford Hospital a week after his accident and just three days after his birthday.

Tenerowicz's death comes just 19 days after the death of Joseph Cappola, 39, of Darien, who was killed at Mototown on Feb. 8 after his bike hit a bump on the children's track, causing him to be ejected from his motorcycle, authorities have said.

In Tenerowicz's case, witnesses told police that he had been riding his bike on the adult track when he lost control as he went over a jump. They said Tenerowicz flipped over his bike and rolled over a couple of times, suffering severe head trauma.

"The entire Mototown family, its owners, members, and staff, are deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Tenerowicz's passing," said Pat Ryan of the Farmington-based Ryan Marketing Partners, which represents Mototown.

The $15 million Mototown facility opened last summer at 1001 Day Hill Road and has three indoor motocross tracks.

"We all know that motocross is an extreme sport, much like skiing or snowboarding, and on occasion, the result of an accident can be devastating," he said Thursday. Ryan said Tenerowicz had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Mayor Donald Trinks agreed that motocross - a form of motorcycle riding where participants ride on a closed course over natural or simulated rough terrain with steep hills and sharp curves - is a dangerous sport and that while accidents dampen the mood and the riders know the risks, he doesn't feel it will stop them from riding.

"Part of the allure is possibly the danger and the rush that you get from being involved with something like that," he said. "They are all trained and are all experienced, but unfortunately accidents happen. Even the best in any field can have an accident."

Trinks said it is sad and tragic when anyone passes away, and to have two deaths in such a short amount of time is certainly weighing on those involved in Mototown.

"I'm very confident that they are trying to do whatever it takes to prevent or mitigate accidents," Trinks said.

"They are dealing with it appropriately to maybe not eliminate accidents but to at least mitigate them. They are compassionate and do whatever they can to enhance the safety and enjoyment."

He added that while Tenerowicz's death is tragic, perhaps some solace can be taken in that he was doing something he liked to do.

According to his wife of 12 years, Michele, Tenerowicz was an experienced rider, but he had never been to an indoor motocross track.

Tenerowicz was born on Feb. 24, 1971, in Windham and grew up in Wilbraham, Mass. He lived in Enfield for the last 14 years.

He graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School and continued his education, receiving his certification as a master technician and a master diagnostic specialist.

Tenerowicz's colleagues at Balise Lexus in West Springfield, where he was a technician for the last 12 years, remembered his giving nature.

"He was the most generous person I met in my life," his co-worker, Scott Martowski, said Thursday. "He had the biggest heart of anyone I ever knew. He became not only a co-worker but a very good friend."

Even in his death, his spirit of generosity lives on. Tenerowicz had his organs donated to help others.

"That's what he would have wanted," his wife, Michele, said Thursday. "He was a giving, caring person."

Another colleague, Wendy Zeitler, also described Tenerowicz as "a good friend" who was caring and funny.

Co-worker Steve Mansfield agreed, saying, "He liked to have fun. He was just a jokester, a big jokester."

Mansfield recalled Tenerowicz's ability to make even the most mundane activities, such as plowing snow early in the morning, fun.

Said Mansfield: "You'd see him driving a loader with a smile and a cigar."

Mansfield said that his co-workers, whom Michele said were his "extended family," called Tenerowicz by his nickname, "Stogie."

Tenerowicz was not only popular with his co-workers, but very good at his work, too.

He was "one of the best technicians I worked with in my 16 years in this business," Martowski said Thursday, adding that Tenerowicz loved to fix cars.

Tenerowicz's zest for life and adventurous spirit extended to his hobbies as well. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, and riding motorcycles and dirt bikes, according to friends and family members.

"If it had wheels, he liked it," said Jennifer Reiss, his sister-in-law, adding that he had been into motor sports since he was five years old.

"He lived life to the fullest," Reiss said. "He was adventurous but at the same time loved to be at home."

Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, March 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a remembrance service at 4 p.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St. N.W, P.O. Box 97180, Washington

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I goty it strtaightened out with my friends Dan that the man who died was indeed his dad's coworker. Its very sad and my heart goes out to the man's family.

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very sad for that to happen at such a great place. best wishes to freinds and fam... ride with in your limits folks.

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it did say the second man died on the news last night does anyone really know what really happened i heard he tried jumpin that big tabletop after the finish line 4th gear tapped and tried clearin the little single after it

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Not sure about the 2nd fatality, but I was told today by someone that knows that the first death was in fact caused by a heart attack and not the crash.

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This is terrible news for riding of any kind ion CT. If we get to keep our tracks much longer, it will be a miracle.

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