Motorcyclist dies on his birthday

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Imanol Jimenez (photo: GoFundMe)

CORNWALL – A GoFundMe account has been established to help defray the funeral expenses for the 23-year-old New York City man killed when his motorcycle crashed over a stone wall and careened 300 feet down Storm King Mountain on Wednesday morning.

The victim, Imanol Jimenez, “left this world on his birthday – June 1st doing what he loved – riding his bike at Storm Kill Mountain,” wrote Kevin Mesa, who created the GoFundMe page.

“They say that only in death you really hear what people think of you. Well so many riders in our community knew about Imanol Jimenez. From close friends to just-have-met-him-friends – remember Imanol for his excitement, energy, love for riding, quickness to help, being dorky but lovable, his infectious laugh, his innocence, his welcoming ambience, and mot of all his friendship,” Mesa wrote. “We’ll miss you Imanol and we’ll never forget that smile ore that laugh in the communicator.”

Police said speed and inexperience likely contributed to the fatal accident.