| Times Herald-Record
SPARROW BUSH – A motorcyclist and a pedestrian were seriously injured in a crash on State Route 97 at The Hawk’s Nest on Saturday that state police are investigating.
Michael Naughton, 25, of Greentown, Pa., was riding a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle north on State Route 97 near The Hawk’s Nest at an “unsafe speed” when he crashed and was thrown off the bike at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, according to Trooper Steven Nevel, public information officer for State Police Troop F. Two pedestrians standing at The Hawk’s Nest, an overlook in a pull-off area on the side of the road, were struck by the bike, Nevel said.
Naughton was riding when he crossed into the southbound lane, and then back into the northbound lane, and locked his rear brakes, Nevel said. Locking the brakes caused the motorcycle to ride off the east shoulder and strike a rock wall, throwing Naughton off the bike. He landed in the southbound lane, where he was treated by medical personnel when they arrived at the scene, Nevel said.
A couple, Linas Ebelunas, 60, and Faustina Sinkuniene, 65, both of Bronx, were struck by the motorcycle, Nevel said. The motorbike also struck a parked 2020 Kia.
Ebelunas and Naughton were brought on Saturday to the Sparrowbush Fire Department where they were flown by Lehigh Valley MedEvac to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, Nevel said, where they both remain hospitalized. Ebelunas is in critical condition and Naughton is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his leg.
Sinkuniene was brought by ambulance to Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis on Saturday where she was treated for minor injuries to her right leg, Nevel said.
No charges were filed and no tickets were issued as of Tuesday morning, Nevel said. The crash is still under investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or the motorcycle before the accident is asked to call State Police in Middletown at 344-5300. Ask for Investigator Joseph Lofrese, referencing SJS#9867057.
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