West Seneca, NY
The Buffalo chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education held their regular meeting Wednesday night with many talking about the recent motorcycle collisions.
It was about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Twenty-four year old Chelsea Olsen of Buffalo was a passenger on the back of a motorcycle driven by 29 year old Joseph Ayer of Cheektowaga.
Ayer was traveling north on the 400 between Union and Transit roads.
"Route 400 is used as the autobahn for these guys with crotch rockets," said Chris Russo, member of the Buffalo/Erie Chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) and a West Seneca Fire Commissioner who responded to the scene of Tuesday night's crash.
There was also another motorcycle driving next to Ayer. Witnesses say both bikes were travelling so fast they saw sparks when they passed.
Police say Ayer ran into the back of a pick-up truck the impact ejected Chelsea Olsen who was pronounced dead on the scene. Ayer was hospitalized but has since been released.
"When I got to the scene last night you jump out of the rag and everybody flies into action and does what they can do and the sad thing is for this girl the only thing I could do was kneel before her and pray," said Russo.
"Traveling at high rates of speed and taking chances especially if you haven't been on your motorcycle in the last several months is just not a good idea," said Lt. Edward Baker of the West Seneca Police Department.
Three days earlier 52 year old Fred Lowenburg of West Seneca lost control of his bike on Southpark Avenue, crashed into a pole and died.
"We as motorcyclist also have to pay attention. I've said this before it's like you have a loaded gun you know you're rolling the dice every time I start up my bike. Am I going to get hit? Am I going to get home?" said Damian Ruzbacki, President of the Buffalo/Erie Chapter of ABATE.
No one on the other motorcycle was injured in Tuesday night's crash. Police are reviewing the case and say charges may be pending against Joseph Ayer.