NEWS RELEASE DETAILS

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 / 10:50 PM
SUBJECT:MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN CRASH/WAS FLEEING FROM POLICE

A speeding motorcyclist clocked on radar, but who refused to stop and fled, was killed when he slammed into a car on Hamburg Street in the Town of Rotterdam.

At about 6:40 this evening, a patrol officer was running radar on the Hulett Street Bridge when a Suzuki motorcycle traveling 57 mph in a 30 mph zone passed his marked patrol car. Upon seeing the patrol car, the motorcyclist turned onto Bridge Street and sped away at a high rate of speed, initiating a pursuit. From Bridge Street, the motorcyclist traveled west on Crane Street and then onto I-890 eastbound, where he accelerated and easily pulled away from the officer. The motorcyclist exited at Michigan Avenue and traveled east on California Avenue to Hamburg Street, where he continued to travel east at a very high rate of speed. After entering the Town of Rotterdam, the motorcyclist struck the rear of a car that was traveling in front of him in the same direction and turning from Hamburg into a store parking lot. The motorcyclist was killed. The driver of the car sustained minor injuries.

The motorcyclist has not yet been positively identified. It is unknown why he refused to stop.

The crash investigation is being conducted by Rotterdam and State Police.