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Woodside resident dead following motorcycle accident in Astoria

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Oct. 26, 2015 Staff Report

A young man died after losing control of his motorcycle on Steinway Street on Sunday, according to the NYPD.

Police found Woodside resident Nathaniel Gomez, 22, at 23rd Avenue and Steinway Street around 6 a.m. Sunday. Gomez was lying unconscious on the road with trauma to his head and body.

He was transported to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, the Collision Investigation Squad found that Gomez was riding southbound on Steinway Street when he lost control of his motorcycle.

There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

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RIP

Yes, I live on 37th Street and 23 Avenue and on the morning of this accident at around 5:30 am i was awaken by loud talking. When i went to look out the window I saw 2 men talking loudly outside and noticed what looked like a private garbage truck parked in that area. The men were on the sidewalk and dressed in the same work uniforms which led me to believe they were co workers. One of the men was on the phone and appeared agitated. I assumed that their truck broke down and were calling for help. I also did notice that the street looked darker and shiny and i recall thinking it must of rained. I went back to bed and later that day I saw the NYC Sanitation going up and down 23 rd Ave. sprinkling rock salt and sand, you can still see some sand and salt till this day. I have a feeling this had something to do with this accident. I am not sure if something spilled from this particular truck or someone else. But i know that I got up at 5:30 am and was pissed because it was a Sunday and the article sates that this accident occurred at 6 am.

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pastoria

Later that morning on the day of this accident I noticed that the Sanitation Department had sprinkled sand and rock salt on 23 Avenue near this area. I definitely know that it was sprinkled on 38 street and 23 Avenue which is one block away from Steinway and 23 Ave. I did not walk to Steinway and 23rd however, I wonder if there was some kind of residue spill that caused this young man to lose control of his motorcycle. It is worth looking into. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.

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the_judge

Sad to hear – strange because Steinway is straight as can be, not sure how you lose control unless there is excessive speed or other factors.

Wonder if the rider had a license. According to the institute for highway safety:
“One out of four motorcycle riders (25 percent) who were involved in fatal crashes in 2013 were riding without a valid license, compared with 13 percent of passenger car drivers.”

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