HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Town of Evans Police officer has been identified as the motorcyclist who died Friday after a crash in Hamburg.
Police say the crash happened around 12:15 p.m. on Lake Shore Road near Rogers Road in the town. The motorcyclist, identified as Frederick Garrasi III, 24, of Angola, was traveling eastbound when he was struck by a car, which was also traveling eastbound.
The car's driver was identified as Lorraine Pelc, of Lake View. Authorities are still investigating what caused the accident.
Garrasi, a Lake Shore High School graduate, joined the Evans Police Department in December 2011 as a part-time officer. He had just become a full-time officer this past February. In tribute, his fellow officers decorated Garrasi's patrol car with memorial bunting Friday night, and the flag outside the town hall hangs at half staff. His loss is being heavily felt in the police department comprised of around 20 officers.
Two weeks ago, Garrasi posted to Facebook how excited he was to get back on his motorcycle as the weather turned warmer. Evans Police have only had one other officer die while on the force. Ironically, that officer, 32-year-old Terry Addison, who was killed 11 years ago, was also riding his motorcycle.
Police continue their investigation Friday night into the crash that killed Garrasi, but no charges have been filed.
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