Rochester car crash kills Wareham businessman

Mar 29, 2022

ROCHESTER — The long-time owner of a Wareham business has been identified as the victim of a car accident Saturday, March 26 in Rochester.

Bruce Leonard, who owned Cape Cod Choppers, a motorcycle shop, was killed when the vehicle he was riding in struck a tree at 116 Marys Pond and 113 Walnut Plain roads, according to numerous reports on social media.

He was one of two people involved in the single-car accident. The other person in the vehicle has been identified on social media as Leonard’s son, Anthony Leonard, who suffered serious injuries in the crash.

An off-duty Rochester firefighter/paramedic was the first to arrive on scene at 10:55 a.m. and reported that the occupants of the single vehicle involved in the crash had received critical injuries.

Rochester firefighters and paramedics, along with paramedics from Wareham, Rochester Police and Mattapoisett Police, worked to extricate the two individuals and render advanced medical care, Rochester Fire Department reported. 

The two occupants were transported to Rhode Island Trauma Center by two separate Med Flight helicopters.

Two landing zones were established for helicopter transport, one at Plumb Corner and the other at Dexter Lane Senior Center.

The accident is under investigation by the Rochester Police Department. No further information on the cause is available at this time.

Leonard’s business will be closed “until further notice,’’ according to a post on the Cape Cod Choppers social media account.

“Please be patient with us as our beloved Bruce has passed away,’’ the post reads. 

Leonard, sometimes known as “Lumpy,”  was described by one poster as “a real legend in the biker community.’’