Clarence High School Senior Killed in Motorcycle Crash

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon


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Clarence High School Senior Killed in Motorcycle Crash

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM EDT

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WKBW) - A motorcyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle following a pursuit from police Wednesday morning.

Police say around 9 a.m., a trooper initiated a traffic stop of the motorcycle for no rear plate on Main Street.

After initially complying with the stop, 18-year-old Patrick Conway of Clarence, fled from the trooper at a high rate of speed.

Conway continued westbound on Main Street, passing Harris Hill Road, where he collided with a BMW that was eastbound on Main Street.

Conway was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information or may have been a witness to the accident is asked to contact SP Clarence at (716) 759-6831.

Conway was a senior at Clarence High School. Today, the school sent this statement to student families:

"The Clarence school community has been saddened by the tragic death of Patrick Conway, a high school senior involved in an automobile accident on Wednesday morning. Our entire high school has been impacted by this loss. Our deepest sympathy is with Patrick's family and friends.

We will have psychologists and guidance counselors present in our school during the week to assist the students and faculty with the questions and grief which accompany a situation such as this.

I encourage you to discuss the loss with your child. You may see signs of sadness in your child over the next several weeks. For some students, the death of someone they know may remind them of some other loss in their lives. For other children, this may be their first encounter with death. Children grieve differently than adults. It is important that they have the opportunity to express their feelings.

If you believe your child needs additional counseling support or you have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child's guidance counselor at 407-9030.

I know that you join us in expressing the sincere condolences of the Clarence School Community to the family."