Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – It was an emotional scene as dozens of family and friends remembered Shafid Quintero. They said he had a passion and love for two things, motorcycle riding and his family.
Supporters rode motorcycles to the scene of the crash in Quintero’s honor. They also lit candles and made a memorial at the crash sight Sunday night.
Quintero was riding his motorcycle on Genesee Street last Saturday when he slammed into an SUV at Johnson Street. Authorities said he might have been going up to 100 miles per hour, but his family said speed was not a factor in the accident.
“I just want to let people know that speed has nothing to do with it. Everybody was talking that he was going so fast, but it was the car that rolled through stop sign, according to witnesses. It was an accident. It was that simple. Everybody with a motorcycle says they don't look at the speed limit, you don't feel the limit,” the victim’s cousin Eduardo Pedreza said.
Residents in that area said that intersection is dangerous, and a haven for car wrecks since the stop light was taken out and a two-way stop sign was put in a few years ago. Witnesses said the accident was so disturbing that many are questioning whether to get back on their bikes again.
This accident has become one of a number of deadly motorcycle crashes in the passed few months. Authorities urge bike riders and drivers of other vehicles to be cautious of one another on the road.