Just A couple of News Articles about the last few motorcycle Accidents in Upstate New York....
Motorcyclist injured in Manlius crash
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
By Jim McKeever
A Chittenango man suffered multiple abrasions and was ticketed Monday after he lost control of his motorcycle while "popping a wheelie," Manlius police said.
Christopher Walter, 23, of 1003 Rondo Ave., was attempting to raise the front wheel of his 2004 Yamaha while going west on Manlius Center Road about 1 p.m., Manlius police said.
Walter lost control of the bike, which slid down the road and struck an eastbound car driven by Richard Gallup, of Eaton, Officer Randy Goodale said. Gallup and his passenger, Virginia Gallup, weren't injured, Goodale said.
Walter was treated by Minoa emergency services personnel for abrasions and refused further treatment, Goodale said.
He was ticketed with failure to keep right and driving out of class. He has a driver's license but not a motorcycle license, police said.
Goodale said excessive speed was probably a factor, but it's unclear how fast Walter was going.
Motorcyclist, thrown over median, dies
Thursday, July 22, 2004
By Jim McKeever
A motorcyclist was killed on Interstate 81 in Syracuse during afternoon rush hour Wednesday when he lost control of his bike in the northbound lane, was thrown over the median barrier and was struck by two southbound vehicles.
The crash, which occurred about 5 p.m. near the Court Street/Danforth Street offramp, closed a section of southbound I-81 for 21/2 hours and reduced northbound traffic to one lane well into the evening.
The motorcycle was registered to a Syracuse man, and city police were trying to determine if the owner was the man killed, police Sgt. Tom Connellan said. Police didn't find any identification on the victim at the scene, he said.
Witnesses told police the motorcyclist may have gotten on the highway at Butternut Street and was traveling at a high rate of speed in the left lane before losing control. After being thrown from the motorcycle, the man struck several short green posts on top of the concrete median barrier, scattering them in the 6
southbound lanes, before he went over into oncoming traffic, Connellan said.
He said the drivers of the vehicles that struck the man were shaken up, but not physically injured. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles and immediately pulled over after the accident.
The victim ended up about 250 feet from where he was ejected from the motorcycle, Connellan said. The man - who was wearing a helmet, white T-shirt and dark shorts - died of multiple trauma.
The Suzuki motorcycle continued northbound before coming to rest on its side on the left shoulder, just north of the Court Street/Danforth Street offramp.
Ilion police officer killed in crash; other driver faces charges
Mon, Jul 12, 2004
TIM BLYDENBURGH and CECILIA LE
ILION -- Through his job as a police officer and his many other interests -- from helping kids to serving up meals -- Ryan Parks was a visible man in this Herkimer County village.
Now the community is dealing with sadness and disbelief -- Parks is gone.
He was killed over the weekend in Litchfield after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car whose driver was intoxicated, state police said. The driver, Deborah E. Rogers, 41, of Richfield Springs, did not have a license because of multiple drinking-and-driving convictions during the 1990s, state Department of Motor Vehicles records show.
While off duty, Parks, 35, a father of two with another on the way, was killed Saturday afternoon.
A car driven by Rogers failed to stop for a stop sign on Albany Road, swerved into Parks' lane and hit his cycle at about 3:45 p.m., state police in Herkimer said.
Rogers, of McKoons Road, was charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation -- all felonies, troopers said.
The DWI charge is a felony because Rogers had two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated, in 1995 and 1999, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
DMV records show Rogers also was convicted of driving while ability impaired in early 1995. Her license was suspended at that time, then later revoked because of subsequent drinking-and-driving convictions, DMV records show.
After her arraignment Saturday, Rogers was sent to the Herkimer County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail and will answer the charges in Litchfield Town Court Tuesday night.