JAN. 19 UPDATE: Bath Police released more information on the fatal motorcycle crash on SR 54 in the Village on January 18.

According to police, officers responded to a man pinned under the vehicle that was also involved in the crash around 2:20 p.m. on Geneva St. near Shannon St. Police said the man, 59-year-old Gary Strait, had a pulse and was taken to Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in critical condition by Bath Ambulance.

After staff at the hospital tried to save Strait “for a significant amount of time”, he was pronounced dead around 4:00 p.m.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, AMR, Bath Fire, and a local bystander also responded to the crash and helped emergency responders, according to police.

Officials said the cause of the crash is under investigation, “but it appears that distracted driving is a factor”.


BATH, N.Y. (WETM) – Law enforcement is investigating a fatal crash in the Village of Bath, closing off a section of State Route 54.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said it and the Village of Bath Police Department were investigating a fatal motorcycle vs. car crash on Geneva Street (SR 54) in the village.

The Sheriff’s Office first reported the accident to 18 News around 3:24 p.m. on January 18, 2023, saying part of SR 54 in the Village is closed as officials reconstruct the accident.

Details are extremely limited at this time. More information will be provided as it becomes available to 18 News.