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DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 6th, 2005 / 02:45 PM
SUBJECT:DEAD MOTORCYCLIST IDENTIFIED / WAS UNLICENSED

The speeding motorcyclist killed last night when he struck a car on Hamburg Street in Rotterdam has been identified as 25-year-old Jesus Robles of 1212 First Avenue in Schenectady.

At about 6:40 p.m., a patrol officer running radar on the Hulett Street Bridge clocked Roblesí Suzuki motorcycle traveling at 57 mph in a 30 mph zone. Upon seeing the patrol car, Robles turned south onto Bridge Street and sped away at a high rate of speed, initiating a pursuit. From Bridge Street, Robles sped west on Crane Street and then onto I-890 eastbound, where he accelerated and easily sped away from the officer. Robles 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. With Robles continuing to pull away, the officer slowed down, maintained visual observation of Robles and advised Communications that Robles was entering Rotterdam. After entering Rotterdam, Robles struck the rear of a car that was traveling in front of him and turning from Hamburg into a store parking lot, and was killed. The driver of the car sustained minor injuries.

Robles was operating the motorcycle without a motorcycle license, and he possessed a small amount of crack cocaine and marihuana. His driverís license was suspended in January for being a persistent violator. In 2004, Robles was convicted of operating without a license. In a 9-month period in 2003, he was convicted of speeding 3 times. In addition, Schenectady police officers issued Robles speeding tickets on two occasions in July 2003. On one of those occasions, he was also cited for operating without a license.