OAKFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) - Tragedy is hitting the small Genesee County town of Oakfield forthe second time in five days. 21-year-old Justin Dickes was killedThursday in a motorcycle crash, just minutes after leaving thefuneral for one of three people killed in a horrible crash onSaturday.
The Genesee County Sheriff's office tells News 4 that alcoholand drugs were not factors in this crash, but speed was, just as itmay have been in a crash this past Saturday that killed three ofhis friends.
Justin Dickes is now the fourth young person to die in a carcrash in Oakfield in less than one week. It was on Judge Road,State Route 63, that his motorcycle crashed into a van making aleft hand turn into Dawn Oxencis' driveway.
Oxencis said, "I really didn't know what to think. She was herewaiting for the appliance gentlemen to come fix my stove and Ididn't know what to think. So I'd got off the phone with myboyfriend and called my mother to see if everything was okay."
"Because he was traveling at such a high rate of speed, heprobably wasn't aware that the van was going to make the left handturn. We really don't know what he was thinking at the time," saidSgt. Greg Walker of the Genesee County Sheriff's office.
Sgt. Walker says Dickes was trying to pass the van when heslammed into the driver's side and was thrown off hismotorcycle.
Sgt. Walker said, "The van had no idea that this motorcycle wascoming up on it at a high rate of speed, didn't see the motorcycle,and went to make his left turn."
Ironically, Dickes had just left the funeral for his friend,Joshua Durham. Durham, along with his girlfriend, Allyson Galens,and Matthew Ware were killed on Albion Road in Oakfield lastSaturday.
"Well, both accidents appears that speeds going to be a factorfor both," said Sgt. Walker.
Sgt. Walker tells News 4 that Dickes was driving illegally.
Sgt. Walker explained, "Justin did hold just an operatorslicense. He did not have a motorcycle permit or license, so there'sa possibility there may have been some inexperience as well."
Oxencis says that even experienced drivers are causing concernamong residents on Judge Road.
"I did notice an increased speed in the area," said Oxencis.
If you do plan to stop by the site where Dickes crashed withflowers, the owner of the property asks that you park in herdriveway or somewhere on her land to stay out of harm's way. Shesays Justin Dickes friends and family are more than welcome to stopby as long as they need to.
We are told that at the time of Thursday's crash, Dickes'brother and some of his friends were behind him and they witnessedthe whole thing. We are also told that the driver of the van issomehow related to Dickes.
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