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Dereck Chaput, photo courtesy of Twisted Throttle Website
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Former Merrimack man killed in CT cycle crash

GROTON, Conn. – Police continue to investigate a Monday accident that took the life of a former Merrimack man who graduated from Bishop Guertin High School.

Dereck “Chappy” Chaput, 28, was killed when the motorcycle he was operating collided with a truck at the intersection of Route 184 and Cow Hill Road in Groton, according to WTNH-TV Channel 8 in New Haven. The Day in New London reported that Chaput was wearing a helmet. Police told news outlets Chaput, who was alone on the cycle, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chaput lived in Ledyard, a town roughly 10 miles north of Groton. Born in Nashua, he grew up in Merrimack, where he was active in various youth sports, according to his obituary. He graduated from Bishop Guertin in 2003.

Chaput was the customer sales and service manager at Twisted Throttle, a motorcycle dealership in Exeter, R.I.

On Wednesday, a photo of Chaput appeared on the cover page of Twisted Throttle’s website with the message, “Twisted Throttle suffered a great loss with the passing of our friend and co-worker, Dereck Chaput. Dereck was a driving force behind the company as our customer service manager. He will be greatly missed. We want to express our deepest condolences to Dereck’s family.”

– DEAN SHALHOUP