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Motorcycle Rider Dies After Crash on Rockaway Turnpike

Brought to the hospital with severe head trauma and pronounced deceased Friday night.

A 35-year-old motorcycle rider died on Friday on Rockaway Turnpike after another driver apparently cut across the victim’s path of travel, according to police.

At about 8 p.m., the male victim, on his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle, was going south on Rockaway Turnpike, police said. A 72-year-old male driving a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan that was going north then made a left turn in the vicinity of Rugby Road, “cutting across the victim’s path of travel,” according to police

The motorcyclist then struck the rear portion of the minivan, causing him to be ejected from the vehicle and suffering severe head trauma. He was transported to an area hospital and was pronounced deceased at 8:35 pm by a staff physician.

A brake check was conducted at the scene on the 2003 Chrysler minivan and released to the owner. The victim’s motorcycle was impounded for safety checks.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending family notification, police said.

steven Jacobs September 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM
It said the driver made a left turn-this is allowed.Perhaps the motorcycle driver was speeding and was unable to avoid hitting the car in which case the minivan driver would not be at fault. Another thing-the cause of death was listed as head trauma. Did the motorcycle operator have a helmet on?
Carmela Soprano September 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Motorcycle helmets are ineffective in speeds more than 25 MPH. Neck protection is almost nil. I stopped riding many years ago because of a nut (a cab) making a left turn in front of me. If I weren't going 25 MPH, I would have been dead. The cab "cut the corner" (turned before the intersection) and I was actually past the intersection when the collision occurred. It happened on Peninsula Blvd. and Branch Blvd. in Cedarhurst. Since that time, the roads have become even more dangerous. Even as a licensed m/c driver with defensive driving classes for motorcycles and cars under my belt, there is no protection for the rider. Now I have a lovely VW convertible, a great alternative for me. :)
Sam Livingston September 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM
The fact that the motorcycle struck the passenger side rear of the van may indicate that speed was a factor. I'm NOT saying the turning car is right, but there sounds as if there is some fault on the motorcycle also.
Philip Rapoport October 05, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Sam I have been riding for 30 years and have seen this happen numerous times. You do not have to be going fast on a bike to get killed when you hit or get hit You have no protection and you will go flying up in the air on impact. Cars are always cutting bikes off saying they did not see the bike. As careful as bikers are most accidents,are caused by cars
Philip Rapoport October 05, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Even with a helmet there is head trauma


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