Man facing homicide charge reportedly dies after bicycle accident

A Monroe man facing charges related to a fatal car crash in Shelton reportedly died Monday, Aug. 14, as the result of a bicycle accident.

The state medical examiner’s office confirmed the death of James Steinmetz, 34, but the investigation into the circumstances is ongoing.

The death was caused by “brain injury due to blunt impact of head” with “circumstances pending further investigation,” according to the medical examiner’s office.

Monroe police said their records show they responded to a bicycle accident on Flint Ridge Road at 6:06 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, involving a “severe eye injury.” Records further show Steinmetz died two days later at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Police could not immediately provide more details about the bicycle accident.

Read Steinmetz' obituary here.

Fatal vehicle crash in 2012

Steinmetz was arrested July 9 of this year and charged with negligent homicide in relation to a fatal crash last summer in Shelton, in which a 30-year-old Monroe man was killed.

Police, fire and EMS in Shelton responded July 8, 2012, to a vehicle vs. motorcycle accident on Leavenworth Road (Route 110) at the entrance to KellyNick LLC /Mont’s Mart, near the White Hills Shopping Center.

The driver of the motorcycle, Adam Haydu, 30, of Monroe died 11 days later.

Steinmetz, who police said was driving the vehicle, suffered minor injuries, but was not transported to the hospital for treatment. There were no other occupants in the car or on the motorcycle.