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Skaneateles: Local resident killed in motorcycle crash

A Skaneateles man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle crash Monday May 18 on Old Seneca Turnpike.

Michael Bozeat, 31, of West Elizabeth Street, Skaneateles, was operating his 1997 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he apparently lost control of the vehicle while traveling east on Old Seneca Turnpike, said Onondaga County Sheriff's Department Sgt. John D'Eredita.

Officers responded to the scene at approximately 6:53 p.m.

"No cause has been determined at this point," D'Eredita said of the accident.

It is unclear if Bozeat had consumed alcohol prior to the crash or if speed was a factor in the driver losing control of the vehicle..

"We are awaiting on the results of toxicology, which usually takes a few weeks," D'Eredita said with regard to blood alcohol content. "Accident Investigators have not finalized their reconstruction and have not yet determine the speed."

According to the Sheriff's Department, Bozeat drifted off the north end of the roadway and struck a utility pole and was ejected from his motorcycle.

Rescue crews from the Mottville Fire Department responded to the scene along with paramedics from the Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Services (S.A.V.E.S.), who pronounced Bozeat dead on the scene.

There were no other vehicles involved in the crash. D'Eredita said the investigation will remain open for the time being.

Sheriff's accident investigators were called to the scene to conduct a complete investigation and will await results from an autopsy to assist in determining the cause of the crash.

"[The investigation] will remain open until all the tests are complete and final determination established," he said.

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