Two motorcyclists from Central New York were killed Saturday by a drunken driver in Geneva in the latest terrible, preventable tragedy involving a motorcycle, a drunken driver, and a careless left turn.
These sunny fall days mean motorcyclists are getting out before the snow flies. If you are going to drink, don’t drive. If you are a sober driver, please be on the lookout for motorcycles!
New York State Police said motorcyclist John Hobart and his passenger, Charlena Foster, both 63 years old and from Tully in Onondaga County, were killed in the 3:49 p.m. crash at state Route 5 and 20 and PreEmption Road (County Road 6) in Geneva, about two miles west of downtown Geneva.
Ismael Ballesteros Cisneros, 24, of Geneva in Ontario County, was charged with two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony, and one count of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.
He was arraigned Sunday in Geneva Town Court and released, according to news reports.
Hobart and Foster were ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at Geneva Hospital.
A third vehicle was struck by Cisneros’ vehicle and police said suffered minor damage.
State Police said Cisneros was driving west on State Route 5 and 20 and trying to turn left onto PreEmption Road when he struck the eastbound motorcycle.
Cisneros was treated for minor injuries, police said.
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