HORSEHEADS – One person was killed this morning after a motorcycle crash on Route 86 in the Town of Horseheads.
According to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department, at around 8:19 this morning deputies were dispatched to the area just east of the South Main Street on ramp prior to the State Route 13 overpass.
When they arrived on the scene, deputies located witnesses to the crash who advised that the motorcycle, a blue 2007 Yamaha R6, was driving erratically and at a high rate of speed prior to the accident. As the motorcycle approached the area of South Main Street/ I-86 on ramp, another vehicle had already merged on to the highway. The motorcyclist reportedly accelerated rapidly and passed the vehicle on the right hand shoulder of the highway, which caused him to lose control of the motorcycle. At that time, the motorcycle crossed the highway, striking a concrete “Jersey barrier” and the driver was ejected from the motorcycle, landing in the roadway.
Police say the motorcycle skidded approximately 150 yards further down the highway before it finally came to a stop.
As a result, the driver of the motorcycle, 21 year old Andrew Davis of Campbell, was pronounced dead at the scene.
That section of I-86 was shut down while the Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene to help with the investigation. Additionally, deputies were assisted at the scene by Horseheads Village Police, Town and Country Fire Department, Erway Ambulance, New York State Police, and the New York State Department of Transportation.