SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Saratoga Springs Police Department says a 26-year-old Troy man was killed when his motorcycle struck a vehicle outside SPAC on Sunday night.
Police responded to the accident involving two motorcycles and an SUV around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Route 9 and Avenue of the Pines.
Officers and a passing driver who identified herself as a nurse first attempted CPR on the victim, 26-year-old Christopher Thomas of Troy. Thomas was transported to Saratoga Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say the cause of death has been ruled massive chest injuries and a ruptured aorta.
Police say the investigation shows the Lexus SUV heading north on Route 9 was in the left-hand lane to turn left into the state park when two motorcycles, one driven by Thomas and a second driven by 23-year-old Scott Mancini of Rensselaer were traveling south on Route 9.
Witnesses told police the motorcycles were traveling at a high rate of speed, going in and out of traffic, and apparently sped up as the light turned yellow. Investigators say as the SUV turned left into the park, Thomas's motorcycle slammed into the passenger side door and crashed to the ground.
The second motorcycle clipped the back of the SUV, throwing Mancini and a second passenger, 20-year-old Stephanie Preble, off the motorcycle. Mancini and Preble were transported to Albany Medical Center for arm, leg and facial injuries.
Thomas, Mancini and Preble attended the Luke Bryan concert at SPAC, which was close to ending when the accident occurred.
The driver of the SUV, Debra Powell from Northborough, MA, was transported to Saratoga Hospital with neck and back injuries. Powelll was heading to SPAC to pick up people from the concert.
Route 9 South was reduced to one lane of traffic from 10:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. for accident reconstruction. At this time the investigation is continuing, and no tickets have been issued.
Police say they are awaiting toxicology results and accident reconstruction results.
The police department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident, the operation of the motorcycles or SUV just prior to the accident to call 584-1800 and ask for Sgt. Tim Sicko or Sgt. Andrew Prestigiacomo.
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