07 July 2022
Major Scott D. Field
Troop T Commander


Buffalo, NY – On July 7, 2022, at approximately 3:00 a.m., State Police responded to a report of motorcycle crash on I-190 northbound, at the exit 6 (Elm St) deceleration ramp, in the city of Buffalo.

A preliminary investigation at the scene determined that Shawn M. Ricks, 45, of Buffalo, NY, was operating a 2021 Kawasaki motorcycle northbound on I-190 and attempted to take the Elm St exit.  Ricks failed to negotiate the curve in the roadway and struck a concrete barrier, ejecting him from the motorcycle. 

Ricks suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office.  He was removed to the examiner’s office pending an autopsy. 

The crash remains under investigation. 



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