Man dies after White Creek motorcycle crash

Man dies after White Creek motorcycle crash

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WHITE CREEK — A Saratoga County man died Wednesday when a motorcycle he was riding collided with a sport-utility vehicle on Turnpike Road, according to State Police.

Richard J. Connors, 69, of Mechanicville, was hit late Wednesday afternoon when he pulled from Old State Road to head south on Turnpike but apparently failed to see an oncoming SUV, police said. The vehicles collided, and he was thrown from the bike and suffered numerous serious injuries.

A helicopter was called to take Connors to Albany Medical Center, but the first one that was heading out suffered mechanical problems and could not complete the trip, so a second was on its way but was called off as an ambulance crew decided to take Connors to Samaritan Hospital, the closest trauma center.

Police said he was initially semiconscious at the crash scene, but his condition deteriorated quickly so he was driven to the Troy hospital for trauma treatment. He succumbed to his injuries there, and an autopsy Thursday found that he died from extensive internal injuries.

The SUV was being driven by Nicole Kelly, 31, of Eagle Bridge, who was not hurt. Police said the investigation was continuing, but no charges for the crash were expected.

Cambridge and White Creek firefighters and Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

Connors was at least the seventh motorcyclist to die in a crash in Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties since late May.

Three died over the span of seven days in Warren County earlier this month, but police have said there was no common theme among the crashes. Several were attributed to actions of the motorcyclist, while others were blamed on vehicles that pulled into their path.

Don Lehman covers police and court matters and Warren County government. He can be reached at 518-742-3224 or


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