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Motorcycles Catch Fire In An Accident With A Jeep

Motorcycles are both a primary method of transportation and a fun way to spend a weekend. According to statistics, there are around 8.5 million motorcycles on the roads in the United States. Motorcyclists face unique risks and dangers when they head out on roadways. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists are five times more likely than car occupants to be injured and 29 times more likely to sustain fatal injuries in an accident. Helmets and thick clothing designed for motorcyclists can help, yet 50% of motorcyclists do not wear helmets. Additional data reveals that 40% of all motorcyclists killed in accidents were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash. 

The Shirley-Mastic Patch reports that a motorcyclist has died in a fiery crash. 

The crash occurred Tuesday night at around 8:21 p.m. in Suffolk County. 

A woman from Manorville was driving a 2006 Jeep Liberty south on Mastic Road when she made a left turn onto Eleanor Avenue. She turned into the path of two motorcyclists that were heading north on Mastic Road. 

31-year-old Bernard Lafayette was driving in the lead, ahead of a 35-year-old male from Mastic. 

Lafayette crashed into the Jeep and the other motorcyclist fell off of his bike, which then crashed into Lafayette’s motorcycle. Both motorcycles then caught fire. 

Lafayette was taken to Long Island Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other motorcyclist only suffered from minor injuries. The driver and passenger in the Jeep were not injured. 

Both the motorcycles and the Jeep were impounded for safety inspections.

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