Updated: March 22, 2021 11:12 PM
Created: March 22, 2021 08:03 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A man is dead and a woman is in critical condition after police say an illegal motorbike crashed on Avenue D and Hudson Avenue Monday night.
It happened at around 7 p.m.
Police say the bike, which does not appear to be registered, was headed north on Hudson Avenue when the driver tried to go around a car that was turning and hit another car. The two on the motorbike were thrown off the vehicle.
Police say the driver of the car stayed on the scene and wasn't injured.
The biker, a 21-year-old man from Rochester, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The passenger, a 19-year-old woman, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Police say she is in serious but stable condition.
Police say neither were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Police say they anticipate the intersection of Avenue D and Hudson Avenue will be closed through midnight. Police say they don't anticipate filing charges at this point.
This is a developing story. Check back later or watch News10NBC at 11 for more details.
This is the second straight day that someone has died in a motorbike crash in Rochester. On Sunday, a 9-year-old was killed in a dirtbike crash on Norton Street.
The two crashes were just miles apart.
"With the tragedies that we've had this week please everyone do your best and be safe and encourage your loved ones and family members to do the same," Capt. Sam Lucyshyn said.
People in the area the dirt bike riders are out of control.
"In traffic out of traffic some on four-wheelers some popping wheelers in the middle of traffic," Terrance Knight of Irondequoit said.
Knight says he sees riders up and down Hudson Avenue all the time. He says he hopes his community members understand the danger they put themselves in when they choose to ride these motorbikes in busy traffic.
"Police can't be there, they can't be everywhere when they're needed. I just wish at this point I pulled over and said 'Hey there are guys on motorbikes on Hudson and Norton you might wanna check on that,'" Knight said.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, it's illegal to operate off-road motorbikes, mini bikes, go-karts, golf carts and ATVs on sidewalks, streets or highways.
State law also says you cannot register or operate these on any street, highway, parking lot, sidewalk or other areas that allows public motor vehicle traffic.
According to Rochester city code, you also can't operate motor-powered off-road or limited-use vehicles in a park.
The Rochester Police Department does have a pursuit policy, but they say it's reserved for the most serious situations.
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