Suffield Police said the man — identified as David McIntire of Enfield — was pulled from the water by bystanders

By Joelle Goldstein
October 23, 2020 11:39 AM
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A 51-year-old man has died after his body was pulled from a Connecticut canal following a motor scooter accident.

In a press release obtained by PEOPLE, the Suffield Police Department said they responded to the incident on Wednesday after receiving a report of a body floating in the water face-down in the canal located off of Canal Road in Suffield.

A preliminary investigation by police indicated that the incident happened while the man, who was identified as David McIntire, was riding on a motorized scooter on a trail near the canal.

Authorities believe the Enfield resident may have lost control of his scooter before falling to the ground and rolling over an embankment into the water, according to the press release.

Bystanders at the scene helped pull McIntire out of the water following the accident and performed CPR until emergency responders arrived.

Life-saving efforts were continued as McIntire was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, but it was sadly too late and he died at the hospital a short time later from his "serious injuries", the press release stated.

At this time, the cause and manner of McIntire's death remain unclear.

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A representative of the Suffield Police Department tells PEOPLE that they are awaiting results from the medical examiner's office.

The incident is currently under investigation by authorities, according to the press release.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Suffield Police Department and Detective Shawn St. John at (860) 668-3870.