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Motorcyclist dies after doing a 'wheelie' in Lenox

Madison county Undersheriff Doug Bailey reports that deputies are continuing their investigation into a fatal motorcycle-van crash that occurred at about 1:13 p.m. Sept. 19. on New Boston Road in the town of Lenox.

The motorcyclist, Joshua P. Smith, 24, of 97 North St., Auburn, was transported to Oneida Healthcare Facility by the Greater Lenox Ambulance Service where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The Canastota Fire and Rescue Department responded to the scene, while deputies were assisted at the scene by a New York State Police patrol.

Smith was operating a motorcycle in westerly direction on the New Boston Road with a large group, estimated to be in excess of at least 2 to 30 motorcycles.

According to witnesses, the motorcyclist raised the front wheel of his bike off the ground while attempting a "wheelie." The motorcycle crossed into the westbound lane and was struck by an eastbound can that was in the process of slowing for the large amount of oncoming motorcycles.

The crash occurred in a 55 mph zone and on a straight section of the road. Smith was ejected upon the collision with the van and his heavily damaged motorcycle continued across the road and came to rest at the bottom of a ditch.

The operator of the van, Florence Torres, 57, of 6880 Canaseraga Road, town of Sullivan, was transported to a Syracuse Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There were tree younger passengers in the vehicle who did not sustain any injuries.

There are no charges pending against Torres. The investigation of the crash is continuing.

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