Driver in Fatal Motorcycle Crash Leaves Hospital
Kathleen Fairlamb remains in 'fair condition' after crash that killed husband Sunday in Hardyston.
A Butler woman who was involved in a motorcycle accident that claimed the life of her husband Sunday remains in "fair condition" at Morristown Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman, while the driver of the other vehicle, Kenneth Arent, was released from the hospital Tuesday.
Rob Seman, the Morristown Medical Center spokesman, said Kathleen Fairlamb's condition was upgraded to "fair" Tuesday from "serious" on Monday.
Fairlamb, 64, was the passenger on a 2011 Harley Davidson that was being driven by her husband, Preston (Jay) Fairlamb Jr., 64, on Route 94 in Hardyston Sunday when it was allegedly struck by a vehicle being driven by Arent, 55, of Vernon. Arent and Kathleen Fairlamb were transported to Morristown Medical Center and Preston Fairlamb was transported to St. Clare's Hospital in Sussex where he was pronounced dead.
Hardyston Police Lt. Scott Lobban said Wednesday that charges have not yet been brought against Arent.
"They're trying to complete the investigation and they'll do it after," he said.
Preston Fairlamb was a retired state trooper that served as a lieutenant before retiring in 2002. New Jersey State Police Spokesman Brian Polite said he primarily worked in Troop B, which covers northern New Jersey, during his 28 years as a trooper.
Friends and relatives continued to mourn the loss of Fairlamb and offer condolences to the family Wednesday. Willis and Sherry Chapman, of St. Regis Falls, NY, told Tri-Boro Patch they are "heartbroken" for the Fairlamb family.
"I heard of Jay and Kathy's horrible accident and just want to let the family know we are heartbroken for all of them at this time," Sherry Chapman said.
She also described some memories of Fairlamb.
"Jay was a wonderful man who we met through his aunt who lived next door to us and was our good friend until her passing at 101 years old. When Jay would come to Keene, NY, camping with his buddies, he would typically drive the extra two hours to head even further north to come and visit his Aunt 'DeDe.' He always took the extra time out of his camping excursion to stop and see her, which meant a lot to her. Jay loved his family very much and was so proud of all of them and would talk to us about how they all were and what was going on in their lives with the new grandbabies or just so proud of their accomplishments in their lives," she said. "He was a true family man and loved them all. Jay was a good man and we feel very fortunate to have known him. RIP Jay and our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and the family at this time of their loss."