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Stamford Man Charged With Negligent Homicide In Motorcyclist's Death

James McGee, 48, was killed in the crash in June. Photo Credit: File
Stamford Police have charged a city man in connection with the death of a motorcyclist in June. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford man has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with the death of a motorcyclist in a June 27 collision on Harvard Avenue, police said.

William Little, 71, of 55 Montauk Court was also charged with making an improper turn in the fatal accident. He turned himself in to Stamford Police on Thursday and was released on a promise to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Oct. 16.

Stamford Police issued a statement about the arrest Thursday at 9 p.m.

James McGee, 48, of Bungalow Park, Stamford, was driving home from work on his 2013 Yamaha motorcycle on Harvard Avenue at Commerce Road when the collision with Little's 2001 Ford Explorer Sport-Trac pickup occurred.  McGee was wearing protective gear but broke his neck as a result of the collision.

McGee, an arborist and a town of Greenwich employee, died two days later in Stamford Hospital of his injuries sustained in the accident.

McGee spent most of his childhood years in Scarsdale, N.Y., and was a 1983 graduate of Scarsdale High School. He worked with several tree companies in Vail, Colo., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Forestry from the University of Massachusetts in 1996. He followed his undergraduate education by attending a joint course offered by Waseda University of Tokyo and Lewis and Clark University in Portland, Ore.

In his career, he was staff arborist and instructor in Horticulture at the New York Botanical Gardens before becoming tree care supervisor at New York Central Park. In 2000, he started his own tree care company, Tree Pro, where he performed tree work for commercial and private customers. He was an arborist with the Tree Division of the Department of Parks and Recreation in Greenwich, in addition to continuing his activities with Tree Pro.

He was a certified arborist of the International Society of Arborists, and was a consulting arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists. He taught tree care in various venues, ranging from the Yale University School of Forestry to a New York City program to train inner-city youth in tree care as a profession.

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