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Weekend Motorcycle Accident Injures Driver on Long Island

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A rider was seriously injured last weekend in a motorcycle accident when he hit a car. The auto was being driven by an 82-year-old woman trying to make a left turn form Hudson Road onto Indian Head Road in Kings Park, Suffolk County.

The 30-year-old motorcyclist was riding a 2003 Yamaha south on Indian Head Road when the accident occurred on Sunday afternoon, according to Suffolk County law enforcement. He was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car and her passenger were treated for minor injuries at St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center in Smithtown.

The motorcyclist received tickets for having an unregistered and uninspected motor vehicle. He was also cited for operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Both vehicles are being inspected and the investigation continues.

Motorcycle crashes injure and kill many people in New York every year. For example, in 2011 there were 168 fatal motorcycle accidents in the state, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Another 4,550 people were injured as a result of motorcycle crashes that year. Of the fatalities reported, 162 of them were to motorcycle drivers. The other six were to passengers and individuals in other involved motor vehicles. This reinforces the often-repeated statement that when a motorcycle is involved with an accident with any other vehicle, the motorcycle usually loses.

Source: CBSNew York, "Motorcyclist Hurt in Crash in Suffolk County," Aug. 4, 2013.