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UPDATED -- Fatal motorcycle accident in Cambridge

2014-06-16T12:45:00Z 2014-06-16T16:19:36Z UPDATED -- Fatal motorcycle accident in Cambridge Glens Falls Post-Star

CAMBRIDGE -- A motorcyclist from Vermont was killed Monday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding was hit from behind by a truck, police said.

Vincent J. Mainillo, 78, of Bennington, Vt., was headed south on Route 22, a few hundred yards north of the Main Street intersection, when he was hit from behind by a box truck carrying milk and ice cream, according to Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell. The collision happened around 12:50 p.m.

Mainillo was pinned under the truck, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A portion of Route 22 was closed for several hours as police investigated the crash.

Bell said Mainillo was apparently staying at Lake Lauderdale Campground, a few miles north in Jackson.

It was unclear where he was headed. He was north of the Rite Aid pharmacy, and there was no indication he was planning to go there.

The chief said witnesses said the motorcyclist “stopped abruptly” and it was unclear if he was planning to turn or if he stopped for some other reason.

Bell said the driver of the truck, George E. Bollmer Jr., of Schenectady, had not been charged but the investigation was ongoing. It had not been determined who was at fault as of late Monday afternoon, the chief said.

The truck is owned by Sycaway Creamery of Troy.

State Police were assisting with the investigation of the collision. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the crash scene as well.

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  1. box truck driver
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    box truck driver - June 17, 2014 7:39 pm
    For those of you that think a loaded box truck stops like a car have obviously never driven a truck, I drive one everday and cars and motorcycle take foolish risks such as cutting us of weaving in and out of traffic because they're foolish and don't think they're in such a hurry and when something goes wrong it the truck drivers fault, its a tragedy and god bless the family
  2. Xycris Garcia
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    Xycris Garcia - June 17, 2014 1:43 am
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  3. jadedI
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    jadedI - June 16, 2014 10:56 pm
    A whole sixth grade class watched the accident happen right in front of them. They were on a field trip, walking to the book store. I wonder if the man on the motorcycle saw them and stopped abruptly because he was worried about one of the kids running into the road or something.
  4. Itisjustme
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    Itisjustme - June 16, 2014 10:05 pm
    How very sad ! Obviously this truck was following WAY to closely if he couldn't stop in time. Seems to me the law always said if you hit anyone from behind...you are always at fault?? My condolences to his family :(
  5. srhodes
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    srhodes - June 16, 2014 8:14 pm
    My condolences to the family
  6. srhodes
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    srhodes - June 16, 2014 8:13 pm
    Knowing someone else that worked for this company and rolled over a truck due to driver inattention, is either bad luck or bad screening.
  7. onemansveiw
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    onemansveiw - June 16, 2014 7:10 pm
    Very sad for family.. I have . Been under the impression that if you read end someone in Nys you will receive a following to closely ticket for failure to keep a safe driving distance to give yourself time to react to something such as the vehicle abruptly stopping in front of you for lets say stray dogs stray children balls etc....good to know that law has changed..

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