Buffalo (WKBW) Motorcycle riding can be both exciting and exhilarating, but under the wrong circumstances and conditions, it can be tragic and even deadly. There have been four fatal motorcycle crashes in the past month in Western New York. The latest happened this past Saturday, where a rider lost control of his bike and crashed into an SUV.
Family members of 29 year old Shafid Quintero held a vigil Sunday night at the site of the deadly crash.
"He was a good dude. He took care of his brother, he took care of his kids and took care of us as a family. I'm just glad everyone came out here and supported us the way they did," Lisa Agosto, the victim's cousin, said at the vigil.
A warm spring has led to more riders on the roadways, and numbers are only expected to increase as summer approaches.
Bob Weaver of Weaver Motorsports has sold motorcycles of all kinds for over forty years, and preaches safety first especially when riding on two wheels.
"Simple things. When you ride a motorcycle you have to be more aware because you don't have the same protection that you do when you're in a car or truck. So you need to pay more attention to what is going on around you and what traffic is doing around you. What's happening," he said.
Rebecca Grela is the owner and rider coach for "Ride with P.R.I.D.E." Motorcycle Safety School.
"Never disrespect your motorcycle because it will disrespect you. And I have always had that in my mind, I try to transfer that to any of the students that come through," she said.
But experts say riders aren't the only ones on the roadways that need to pay extra attention.
"That driver that is willing to take that chance and blow through a red light or just as it's changing color. You have to think about the fact there could be a motorcycle coming the other direction," Weaver said.
"There needs to be mutual respect between the automobile drivers and the motorcyclists, and even motorcycle to motorcycle. People that don't take it seriously unfortunately are most likely to become a statistic," Grela added.