57-year-old Cobleskill motorcyclist killed in crash


A motorcyclist was killed Friday afternoon, Cobleskill police say, when he hit a car that had failed to yield the right-of-way and was thrown from his motorcycle.

Cobleskill Police responded around 12:55 p.m. Friday to a report of an accident involving a car and a motorcycle at the intersection of North Grand Street and Elm Street. Police at the scene found the motorcyclist to be unresponsive.

After an investigation, police say they determined that a car driven by a 17-year-old Cobleskill teenager, was driving northbound on North Grand Street and made a left turn onto Elm Street, failing to yield the right-of-way to a motorcycle driving southbound on North Grand Street.

Police say the driver of the motorcycle, identified as 57-year-old Gary Collins of Cobleskill, was unable to avoid the car and hit its passenger side rear panel, throwing him from his motorcycle. Collins was taken to Cobleskill Regional Hospital, then flown to Albany Medical Center, where he died from his injuries later Friday evening.

Police issued the driver of the car a ticket for failure to yield the right-of-way. Police say there was no cause to believe that drugs, alcohol, or speed were a factor in the crash. 

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