NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Loved ones are marking the tragic loss of another motorcyclistTuesday night. Joseph Kilmer died recently from an April collisionin Niagara Falls.
At the corner of Buffalo Avenue and 63rd Street, motorcyclistJoseph Kilmer was struck by a pickup truck back in April. A crossnow marks the place with candles and flowers where the 19-year-oldwas struck. He died of his injuries on Tuesday.
A large crowd filled the Niagara Falls corner. Each person had astory and fond memories of 19-year-old Joseph Kilmer. StephanieClark was Kilmer's fiancee, and was waiting for him to come homefrom work that day in April.
"I got this feeling in my stomach that Joey got in a bikeaccident, and I went out looking for him, and the only street I didnot go down was Buffalo Avenue," remembered Stephanie.
Kilmer crashed back in April, but died of his injuries onTuesday, after a long struggle to survive.
Kilmer's mother, Ginny Boer, said, "It's just really hard. Hefought for over two months. He fought really hard to be here withus amd with his baby."
Baby Joey is just 7-months-old. Stephanie was by his bedsideevery day for the past two months.
"He was always there for me. And he was the best father. Icouldn't have picked a better father for my son," saidStephanie.
The couple was supposed to get married next month. Kilmer workedwith a maintenance company. He was a young man with a strong workethic.
Sam Lehr of National Maintenance said, "He had a good drive, agreat attitude every day, he was a very happy person. He showed upto work every day with just a great way to approach today andtomorrow."
Five people have died in motorcycle-related crashes in just thispast weekend alone. Investigators are still trying to determine theexact cause of Kilmer's crash. Kilmer's boss will be holding afundraiser to help 7-month-old Joey sometime in the nearfuture.
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