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Motorcycle Fatalities Up 42% in 2020 in NYC

According to the New York Daily News, four motorcyclists died in a three-day stretch in New York City in a deadly holiday weekend for motorcycle enthusiasts. 

In the most recent accident, a 65-year-old Bayside man died in a Queens incident where two motorcycles collided, and the other rider was injured. The Bayside man was riding south on 31st Street in Astoria on a 2003 American Iron Horse bike when a 30-year-old rider on a 2011 Kawasaki, headed north on 31st, made a left turn onto 36th Avenue just before noon on Saturday, according to the New York City Police Department. They collided; both were ejected, and the Bayside man was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital from serious head trauma. 

Reflecting on the recent spate of motorcycle fatalities in a New York Daily News article, a Brooklyn man recalled his brother, a 52-year-old Brooklyn man who was killed in a motorcycle accident on July 19 near Sheepshead Bay. He was traveling east after a long day at Coney Island when he lost control of his bike and hit a guardrail. He was rushed to NYU Langone Hospital, but it was too late to save him. He was pronounced dead. 

Figures released Friday by the NYPD show that motorcycle deaths so far in 2020 are up 42% over the previous year, and that was before four more fatalities over this holiday weekend. 

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