Motorcyclist killed in Hawk’s Nest crash ID’ed as Long Island man

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Police and first responders at the accident scene last Saturday (c)

DEERPARK – State Police have released details of a fatal motorcycle accident on Route 97 in Sparrowbush last Saturday afternoon.

Leighton Douglas, 32, of Bayshore, Long Island was killed when he was traveling at a high rate of speed on his Ducati motorcycle, lost control while attempting to pass a Volkswagen Jetta over the double yellow lines, observed a vehicle coming in his direction, pulled back into the other lane and struck an earth embankment.

The motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the VW causing the motorcycle to burst into flames.

The Sparrowbush Fire Department arrived on the scene and extinguished the flames.

The driver and passengers in the VW were not injured. Right after the crash, the driver stopped his vehicle, got out and rendered first aid to Douglas, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.