QUEENS, N.Y. — According to Abc7ny.com, two young people died in a wrong-way crash in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens. The two deceased were riding a motorcycle at the time of the crash. The deadly collision took place around at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by New York City Police Department Detectives.
NYPD detectives said that a van occupied only by a driver, traveled north on 43rd Avenue when the motorcycle operating at excessive speeds slammed head-on into the van. The motorcycle was operating the wrong way on the one-way street. Police noted that the accident scene was near the intersection of 38th Street and 43rd Avenue.
Officers arrived at the scene to find 22-year-old Steven Goddard from Queens, and 20-year-old Amy Gutierrez, also from Queens, on the ground suffering from catastrophic injuries. Police noted that both were unconscious and were not responsive.
The investigating officers determined that Goddard was driving the motorcycle at the time of the crash and Gutierrez was the passenger. Police did not say if either or both wore helmets while riding.
EMS officials transported both motorcycle riders to Elmhurst Hospital, where doctors pronounced both as deceased. Police said that the driver of the van cooperated with officers at the crash scene. The van driver declined medical attention at the scene. It is unknown if the driver later sought treatment.
Police did not arrest the van driver. Investigators will continue their inquiry and hope to learn why Goddard drove the wrong way on 43rd Avenue. It is unlikely that police will charge the van driver with any crimes or civil offenses related to the fatal crash. An autopsy is likely to determine whether Goddard was driving the motorcycle while intoxicated by alcohol or another substance.
Police did not say whether appropriate street signs designating the proper direction of travel were in place at the time of the crash.
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