Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Thursday’s warm temperatures brought with them an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents throughout Niagara County.
According to figures from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, there were 20 accidents in the county on Thursday, seven of which included motorcycles.
Eight of the accidents included injuries, but none more serious than the one on South Transit Road that sent a motorcyclist and his passenger to Erie County Medical Center via Mercy Flight, said Captain Greg Schuey of the sheriff’s department.
That accident was handled by the New York State Police, which on Friday eleased the names of the victims in that accident, which occurred at 12:39 p.m. Thursday when a GMC Yukon operated by John Thompson of Lockport turned left in front of a motorcycle traveling south on South Transit.
Lee Rosselli, the driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle was thrown from his bike along with his passenger, Rose Rosselli. The Rosellis, who reside in Lockport, were taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC with serious injuries.
Thompson was not injured.
The investigation is continuing.
As for other accidents around the county, there was one in Lewiston involving two motorcyclists. All other incidents were relatively minor, said Capt. Schuey.
“With the warm weather, more people were out on their bikes,’ Schuey said. “Some drivers may have already gotten into winter driving mode and may not have been expecting motorcyclists out.”
Schuey said that drivers should take extra precautions at this time of year because there are some motorcyclists who will ride even when the thermometer drops into the 40s.
“You never know when someone is going to be on a motorcycle,” Schuey said. “It’s always good to be aware of who’s around you.”