Updated: Friday, 20 Apr 2012, 7:26 AM EDT
Published : Sunday, 18 Mar 2012, 6:59 PM EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - An early start for motorcycles on area roads has already led to tragedy and a call for more awareness from drivers.
Western New York's first motorcycle fatality of the season occurred at a bend in the road on South Park Avenue in South Buffalo Saturday afternoon. At this time of year, it's normally too cold for motorcycles to be brought out for storage. But taking advantage of the shining sun, a West Seneca man in his 50's took what would turn out to be his final ride.
The man was driving around South Park Avenue around 3:30 in the afternoon when he apparently lost control of his bike on a curve, striking a pole. He later died at ECMC that evening.
Motorcycle season is off to what is likely its earliest start, ever. Bikers we met on Sunday were shocked and saddened to discover there has already been a fatality this year.
"It's too bad. Unfortunately, things happen. Nothing I guess you can really do about it, you know," said Keith Gurecki.
Or is there? One seasoned rider says a lot of it comes down to attitude.
"As far as the attitude, ride within your limits and within the law. Everyone has their moments, but try to keep those moments contained, I guess," said Frank Wolfley.
Bradley Gurecki added, "Generally, you just have to respect the machine and know your limits. Don't push yourself beyond the limit."
Investigators have not yet determined what caused the crash, whether speed, weather, or a distraction. But bikers are urging their fellow riders to take a moment, curb that anxiousness to hit that open road, and not let the surprise start to the season hit the open road.
Buffalo Police have not yet released the name of the victim.