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Motorcyclist killed after getting rear-ended: Cops

The Yamaha motorcycle rests on its side on the sidewalk of Astoria Boulevard. Photo by Christina Santucci
Police use a drag sled to determine the speed of the vehicles. Photo by Christina Santucci
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EAST ELMHURST — A motorcyclist killed on Astoria Boulevard was identified by police Tuesday as 27-year-old Dean Mackey, of the Steinway section of Astoria.

Mackey had been riding a Yamaha motorcycle eastbound near 90th Street at about 6:45 a.m. last Thursday when he was killed, according to the NYPD.

According to police, Mackey passed a Dodge Caravan and got in front of it, then he slowed down and was rear-ended.

The 18-year-old driver of the Caravan remained at the scene of the crash, the NYPD said.

Mackey was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

No criminality is suspected in the accident, and Tuesday police said the investigation remained ongoing.

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sacredground from astoria says:
people need to wake up and pay attention, motorcycles are everywhere. they share the road with us cagers and have the right to safe travel. stop texting, talking, sipping and putting on your makeup- WAKE UP! too many senseless deaths taking place. WAKE UP!
June 6, 2012, 5:57 pm
priscilla from elmhurst says:
motorcyclist should also be more careful when they are riding. they cut people off to
July 4, 2012, 1:59 am
Rob from Astoria says:
Priscilla, should wake the F***k up and realize that idiots don't know how to drive. And this story is wrong why doesn't the Times Ledger get the facts straight before printing. If you would of asked the witness you would of heard that they teenager driving the van flew out of the gas station and was speeding up Astoria Blvd.

Get your facts right next time.
May 30, 10:42 pm

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