ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A dirt bike driver is dead and his passenger is in critical condition after a crash along Hudson Avenue at Avenue D.
According to police, the dirt bike was headed south on Hudson Avenue around 7:00 p.m. when it passed a number of vehicles on the right and drove into the Avenue D intersection, hitting a sedan.
The dirt bike driver and passenger were both ejected. Police say neither of them were wearing helmets, and the dirt bike was not registered.
The dirt bike driver, a 21-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, a 19-year-old woman, was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
The Rochester Police union says the driver was “driving recklessly” at the time of the crash.
The driver of the sedan was not injured. No charges are expected.
This is the second fatal dirt bike crash in as many days. On Sunday, a 9-year-old boy was killed in a dirt bike crash on Kilmar Street. The driver, his father, suffered minor injuries. Police said they were not wearing helmets.
Earlier on Monday, police say a 22-year-old driver was injured when his dirt bike collided with a pick up truck on Maple Street. He was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No one else was injured and no criminal charges are anticipated.
The Kilmar Street crash sparked conversation about dirt bike and ATV use in the city on Monday. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren responded to that crash in a statement to the media, saying:
“This tragedy makes clear that riding motorbikes and ATV’s on City streets and sidewalks is dangerous and can’t be tolerated. I ask the public to be smart and only use these unlicensed vehicles on appropriate private property. We will work with the community to better educate and inform people of the dangers regarding these vehicles in City neighborhoods.”
That statement was issued 4 hours before Monday’s fatal dirt bike crash.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.