Police Say High Speeds May Have Led To Fatal Motorcycle Crash

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM EDT

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Chelsea Olsen, 24, died and Joseph Ayer, 29, was injured in West Seneca after authorities said they were thrown from their motorcycle while riding on Route 400 Tuesday night.

"We did hear that they were traveling at a high rate of speed, and came up on a slower moving vehicle and then made contact with that vehicle," West Seneca Police Lieutenant Edward Baker said.

Lieutenant Baker said the couple slammed into the back of that truck and was forced off the road. Olsen died on the scene and Ayer was rushed to ECMC.

Route 400 was shut down for several hours overnight in the Northbound direction between Transit and Union.

There were also two other people on another motorcycle.

Authorities said it is possible they could have been racing. The other bike was not involved with the crash.

"It's hard enough having to worry about driving a motorcycle and worrying about what the cars are doing but traveling at a high rate of speed and taking chances, especially if you haven't been on your motorcycle in the passed months, just not good idea," Baker said.

This is the second fatal motorcycle crash this week. A West Seneca man in his 50's lost control of his bike over the weekend on South Park Avenue in South Buffalo. He later died at ECMC.

Motorcyclists are not the only ones who have to be aware on the roads. Baker said drivers of cars and trucks must also take safety precautions.

Last year, there were several fatal motorcycle accidents. Between May and July of 2011, more than half a dozen people died. One wreck even killed a local ABATE member, a group fighting for their right to not wear helmets while riding.

Now, Lt. Baker said this season is also off to a rough start.

"It's too early in the season to see fatalities like this," Baker said.

Baker said Ayer could face charges in the crash. The investigation continues.