New City motorcyclist pleads guilty in parkway fatality

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WHITE PLAINS – A Nyack man pled guilty in Westchester County Court
on Friday in connection with the death of another individual.

Clifford Perkins, 26, pled to one count of criminally negligent homicide
and faces 1 1/3 to four years in state prison when sentenced in June in
the death of Scott Phillips.

In the early afternoon of May 25, 2014, Perkins was operating his 2002
Yamaha motorcycle on the Sprain Brook Parkway. Phillips was operating
his 2013 BMW motorcycle in the left lane of the parkway while a third
person, Edward Murray, was operating his 2001 Mazda in the center lane.
The Mazda operator told police that 11 to 12 motorcycles went past him
in the left lane doing 90 to 100 miles per hour.

Moments later, he saw another motorcycle coming up behind him at a high
rate of speed. That bike, later identified as Perkins’, started
to wobble just before it struck his vehicle from behind. That impact to
the rear bumper of the Mazda send that car rotating counter clockwise
while crossing into the left lane and left shoulder of the road, then
striking the center guide rail and re-entering the road.

Perkins was ejected from his motorcycle and came to rest on the right
shoulder. His bike burst into flames. Accident reconstructionists calculated
he was traveling at a speed of 82 to 95 mph after the impact with the
Mazda.

When the Mazda reentered the road after striking the center guide rail,
Phillips’ motorcycle struck the car’s passenger side. He was
ejected and came to rest down an embankment.

His bike also burst into flames. It was calculated he was traveling a
minimum speed of 58 to 67 mph after impact with the Mazda.

At the time of the collision, Perkins’ had a revoked and suspended
driver’s license with a cancelled motorcycle endorsement.
He remains out on bail.