Man charged with manslaughter after deadly dirt bike crash

first_imgThe sheriff’s office stated they arrived to investigate the situation for a third time, for reports of people riding minibikes and off-road motorcycles on the street and surrounding area. This article has been updated to include more information on what lead to the death of Fortner and the charges against Hughes. The sheriff’s office said a subsequent investigation revealed that Hughes saw the dirt bike traveling on the street before the collision. To slow the vehicle down, he walked on the road with a shovel in his hands. Deputies issued him three traffic tickets for insufficient stoplights, a cracked windshield, and loud exhaust. Hughes was transported to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional facility for arraignment at the CAP court. Deputies charged Hughes with manslaughter in the 2nd degree, a class C felony. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. After swerving around Hughes, Fortner hit the parked van. Fortner was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead. Deputies said Hughes extended the shovel to try and force the dirt bike onto the side of the road, but Fortner swerved around Hughes. Authorities said Hughes threw the shovel in the direction of the dirt bike as it passed. Deputies said they first responded to reports of several people creating a disturbing and performing “burn-outs” on Airport Road around 6:43 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies responded to the area a third time at 9:12 p.m. for a crash involving Fortner and Hughes. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office released additional information about the moments that lead to a deadly motorcycle crash late Tuesday night in the town of Union. The crash left 24-year-old Cameron Fortner dead. Deputies charged another man, 48-year-old John Hughes, with manslaughter. According to the news release, deputies responded to Airport Road three times Tuesday night. They said while checking the area, a patrol officer saw a male, later identified at Fortner, riding a small off-road dirt bike on Airport Road. Moments later, the dirt bike hit a parked, unoccupied full-size van on the side of the road. When they arrived, witnesses told deputies Fortner was performing “burn-outs” in the street in a Chevrolet Suburban. As deputies questioned Fortner, they said he “made threats of shooting the deputies, played loud music and was generally uncooperative”, according to the news release. Deputies then responded to the same location a second time, when they said they witnessed Fortner do another “burn-out”. Deputies gave him another ticket. Authorities said as a result of the collision, Fortner was ejected off the vehicle and onto the street. The deputy nearby found him unconscious and not breathing, so she started to perform CPR.last_img

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