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Motorcyclist killed in collision with NY ambulance

The biker was pinned under the tire of the ambulance and died on arrival at a local hospital

By EMS1 Staff

NEW YORK — A motorcyclist was killed Friday after colliding with an ambulance on the way to a medical emergency in East Harlem.

The New York Presbyterian ambulance had lights and sirens activated when it hit a 44-year-old man on a silver Yamaha motorcycle around 9:40 a.m. Friday on Lexington Avenue, the New York Post reports. 

Bystanders say the biker was thrown and wedged beneath the tire of the ambulance. A second ambulance rushed him to Metropolitan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Witness John Doherty, 23, said the motorcyclist gunned it just before the crash, New York Daily News reports.

“He was moving very fast,” he said. "I'm guessing he thought he could catch the light.”

The biker's name is being withhold pending family notification, and the incident is under investigation.

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Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:13:35 AM Well that sucks for the crew.
Ryann Castro Ryann Castro Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:08:39 AM He did go to the light
Fred Bo Fred Bo Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:36:01 AM That's just sad for his family and the crew
Rose Branham Blackwell Rose Branham Blackwell Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:08:24 PM It happens too often..this guy wasn't so safe all!
Robert Gift Robert Gift Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:07:20 PM I'd expect a motorcyclist to hear the siren - unless listening to loud music through speakers in the helmet.

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