New York - A Cheektowaga motorcyclist has been charged with criminally negligent homicide following a fatal motorcycle crash in which his passenger was killed last March on Route 400, West Seneca police announced today.
Joseph Ayer, 30, who was driving, operated the motorcycle at a high rate of speed in an unsafe manner at the time of the March 20 crash, police said. They did not disclose how fast Ayer was traveling.
Chelsea Olsen, 24, of Buffalo, died after the Honda motorcycle on which she was riding hit a pickup truck. Olsen had been wearing a helmet at the time of impact but if flew off, according to police.
She was declared dead at the scene, having suffered multiple traumas to her body, police said.
Ayer was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released.
The motorcycle and pickup truck were northbound on Route 400, between Transit and Union roads, when the crash occurred at about 10 p.m.
Witnesses told investigators that the motorcycle appeared to be speeding when it clipped the side of a pickup truck.
Days after the fatal crash, Lt. Edward Baker, of the accident investigation unit, said he could not rule out the possibility the motorcycle may have been traveling 120 mph or more
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