26 May 2021
 
  
 NEW YORK STATE POLICE
 Major James C. Michael
 Troop F Commander
 

  
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 

On Saturday May 22, 2021 at approximately 4:00 p.m. state police from the Greenville barracks responded to a motorcycle crash in State Route 97, also known as The Hawks Nest. Initial investigation revealed that Leighton L. Douglas, 32 from Bayshore, NY was operating a 2019 red Ducati west on State Route 97 at a high rate of speed when he lost control and was thrown from the bike.  The operator of the motorcycle attempted to pass a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta over the double yellow lines into the eastbound lanes but observed a vehicle coming in his direction. Douglas quickly proceeded back into the Westbound lanes; however, he over corrected and struck the earth embankment on the North shoulder and the motorcycle subsequently struck the rear passenger side of the Volkswagen causing the motorcycle to burst into flames. The Sparrowbush Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the flames. The operator and the passengers in the Volkswagen were not injured. The operator of the Volkswagen immediately stopped his vehicle and exited to render first aid to Douglas.

Douglas was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

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