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Restaurant Hosting Benefit for Injured DPW Worker

Sid Kirby was severely injured in a motorcycle crash in September 2012.

Restaurant Hosting Benefit for Injured DPW Worker

Editor's Note: The story has been updated regarding the charges that were filed against Sid Kirby.

A benefit is being held for Sid Kirby, a resident who suffered a severe spinal cord injury when he crashed his motorcycle in Mahwah in 2012.

Grasshopper Too will host a benefit for Kirby on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Kirby, a resident and employee with the town’s Department of Public Works, lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle as he proceeded through a curve on the bend of a dangerous intersection. He hit a guardrail and was thrown 40 feet from his motorcycle onto a resident’s lawn.

Mahwah police said Kirby was intoxicated when he was driving. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

He suffered extensive injuries to his lower extremities and a head injury, Mahwah police reported.

A Mahwah Municipal Court representative said this week that the drunk driving charges against Kirby were dismissed because of the critical nature of the injuries he sustained in the accident. The charges were never heard in Mahwah Municipal Court.

Kirby was in the hospital for 10 weeks following the accident and went to Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange. He is back in the hospital with complications.

A portion of sales at the Grasshopper from 5 to 10 p.m. will be donated to Kirby and his family.

Tom Fitzpatrick, owner of Grasshopper Too, could not be reached for comment.

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