Ramapo police officer strikes motorcyclist; latest in string of crashes

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RAMAPO -

A motorcycle accident in Rockland County is under investigation after a Ramapo police officer hit a rider Tuesday night.

Police say the officer was turning out of the Hillcrest Fire Department on Route 45 just north of Williams Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when he hit the motorcyclist.

The victim, a 24-year-old man from Spring Valley, was rushed to Westchester Medical Center where he is now in stable condition. The officer was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital and released.

There were no charges filed, and the officer was expected to return to work today.

Earlier this month, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash in Stony Point. Last month, at least three riders died in motorcycle crashes across the Hudson Valley.

According to a new national report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riders are reluctant to wear high-visibility clothing and gear that will help drivers spot them more easily. That's one reason, safety experts say, riders are 28% more likely to die on a bike than in a car.

In 2017, more than 5,100 people died in motorcycle crashes, according to the NHTSA.

 

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