Falls Police Crash Management Unit investigators say charges are pending in connection with a truck and motorcycle accident around noon Tuesday.
And they say charges are also pending in a fatal motorcycle and SUV crash on Aug. 25.
Patrol officers said they responded to a call of a crash at 92nd Street and Cayuga Drive. When they arrived they found an injured motorcyclist in the street.
Investigators said the motorcycle rider was going west on Cayuga Drive when his 2012 Harley Davidson bike was struck, broadside, by a 2018 Chevy pickup truck. The truck, driven by a 28-year-old Falls man was making a left-hand turn into the 1200 block of 92nd Street at the time of the crash.
The 48-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for evaluation and treatment of what appeared to be injuries to his ribs. The driver of the pickup was uninjured.
Falls Police Traffic Division Capt. Angela Munn confirmed that charges are pending against the driver of the pickup truck.
Munn also said crash unit investigators are still weighing possible criminal charges in connection with a crash that killed a North Tonawanda man.
Both police and prosecutors have been reviewing evidence in the case, including witness statements and high-tech reconstructions of the crash between a motorcycle and an SUV at the intersection of Pine and Walnut avenues.
"Charges are pending," Munn said. "We are consulting with the district attorney's office."
Patrol officers responded about 5:20 p.m. Aug. 25 to the intersection and found Thomas Burket, 23, of North Tonawanda, lying on the pavement next to his crumpled 2019 Kawasaki motorcycle. A 1999 Chevy Suburban, that was being driven by a 26-year-old Buffalo man, was parked on a nearby grass median with extensive damage to its front end.
A deployed driver’s side airbag could be seen through the front windshield of the SUV.
Mercy Flight was called to the scene to transport Burket to Erie County Medical Center. As EMTs attempted to stabilize Burket for close to an hour, they began moving him into the Mercy Flight helicopter while Falls firefighters performed CPR on him.
A short time later, police confirmed that Burket had died. He was transported by ambulance to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
“Preliminarily, it appears that the motorcyclist was traveling south (on Pine Avenue) through the intersection with a green light,” Munn said at the crash scene. “And witnesses said the SUV (traveling westbound onto Walnut Avenue) ran the red light and struck the motorcycle."