AMHERST, NY (WKBW) -- 29 year old Jose Amaro of Lackawanna and his childhood friend 27 year old Richard Caramazza of Amherst, were both killed in a motorcycle crash on the I-290 Tuesday night. "I always told him to be careful...and look what happened, now I got no father," 12 year old Jose Jr. Amaro, the victim's son, said. "He was awesome, a great dad."
It was late Tuesday night when the family waited and worried for Jose to come home, but were visited by police overnight instead. "I was waiting and waiting, no one showed up," Frances Amaro, Joes's mother, said. "I texted him, couldn't get anything back...and then police started banging on my door."
"Good kid...he was my baby. I'll tell it to him anytime," Carolos Amaro, Jose's father, said.
Officials say Amaro and Caramazza were part of a group of 9 or 10 riders traveling on the I-290 just east of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tuesday night. According to an officer who was out patrolling there, some riders were traveling at high speeds up to 120 miles an hour at times. The officer says he got a few speed readings as the riders passed his vehicle. One motorcyclist lost control and several others crashed. One rider was run over by a tractor trailer.
A female passenger was injured in the crash, 21 year old Tori Aceti of Niagara Falls. She was taken to the Erie County Medical Center where she remained in stable condition Wednesday night. Eyewitness News spoke to her in the hospital. She says she is in physical pain but the emotional pain is far worse. She reminds other motorcyclists to be cautious, the bike is not a toy, and don't fool around.
People put flowers near the spot of the crash on Wednesday. Family members of Jose say he has been riding a long time, was experienced, and had recently bought his 2009 Suzuki. He tried to be safe, but had been in accidents before.
Amherst police say if anyone has information on this crash to contact the department at 716-689-1311.