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Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Brooklyn

Motorcycle deaths were down almost 300 in 2017 from 2016, representing a 5.6% decrease in fatalities. While this is a good trend, a person is still 28 times more likely to be killed while riding a motorcycle than in a passenger vehicle. Alcohol was a factor in a quarter of all fatal motorcycle accidents in 2016, making it the highest percentage by vehicle type. Distracted driving was also a factor in many motorcycle fatalities, with Virginia reporting double the rate of distracted driving motorcycle facilities. The report stressed that if all motorcyclists had worn helmets in 2016, an estimated 802 lives could have been saved. 

The New York Daily News reports that a motorcycle crash in Brooklyn fatally injured the operator and injured his teen passenger.

31-year-old motorcycle enthusiast Rashaun Miller was heading south on Rockaway Parkway with a teenaged passenger. He was driving his 2013 Yamaha motorcycle in Canarsie when he slammed into the side of a Nissan Murano making a left turn onto Avenue K at about 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday.  

Both Miller and his passenger were ejected from the vehicle on impact. Miller suffered from catastrophic injuries to his head and body. The teen suffered from only minor head and face injuries. 

Miller was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital but could not be saved. 

The 24-year-old male that was driving the Murano stayed at the scene. No charges have been filed. 

Miller had come to Canarsie from Jamaica and had been living in New York for about three years. He and his friends had spent the evening riding their motorcycles before he left to give the teen a ride.

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