Police: Minibike operated by Tonawanda man killed on Friday “did not meet safety standards”

North Tonawanda

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — North Tonawanda police tell News 4 a 23-year-old man is dead after an incident on River Road Friday night.

Police and fire crews responded to the area of Gratwick Park at 11:34 p.m. after a call of a motorcyclist down in the roadway.

The 23-year-old motorcyclist was struck while emergency services were on the way, officials say, but the injuries he suffered before being struck were what led to his death. He died at the scene and was later identified as Tonawanda resident Jason Sabin.

Police say he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Additionally, the minibike he was on “did not meet safety standards” to operate on New York roadways, police say.

The driver who hit the downed motorcyclist is cooperating with the investigation, according to police.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the initial incident that caused the motorcyclist to be down in the roadway to contact the North Tonawanda Police Detective Bureau at 716-692-4312.

Crews continue to investigate the matter.

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