Biker dies in Yonkers after high-speed chase

Law enforcement officials from the Yonkers Police Department. Law enforcement officials from the Yonkers Police Department. (July 5, 2012) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

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A motorcyclist died Saturday night when he slammed into a Yonkers police cruiser after a high-speed chase involving at least a dozen other bikers and several law enforcement agencies, according to State Police.

The incident began about 10:20 p.m., when State Police began pursuing 12-15 bikers driving "recklessly" over the Tappan Zee Bridge. Troopers followed the bikers onto the Saw Mill Parkway in Elmsford and cornered Hassan Miller, 46, of Leroy, N.J., police said.

Miller was arrested after head-butting one of the troopers who had pulled him over, State Police said. He was arraigned in Greenburgh Town Court and transferred to Westchester County Jail, officials said.

The trooper suffered a cut to the head and was treated with four stitches, police said.

Other members of the bike club -- identified by state police as 300 MC of Brooklyn -- turned around on the parkway and headed south, with other police agencies, including Westchester County, Hastings and Yonkers, joining in the pursuit, State Police said.

According to police, the chase on the Saw Mill River Parkway hit a speed of 100 mph.

One biker got off the parkway and crashed into the side of a Yonkers police cruiser at a roadblock on North Broadway near Lake Street. That individual was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to State Police at the Tarrytown barracks.

Identification was being withheld as authorities tried to contact family members.

Two bikers from the club were arrested by Yonkers police on a variety of charges stemming from the incident.

They were identified as Dennis Norwood, 51, of 228 Livingston Ave., Brooklyn, and Kenneth Hammond, 49, of 415 Loomis St., Elizabeth, N.J. Norwood was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving and numerous traffic violations. Four police officers were injured apprehending him, according to Yonkers police.

Hammond was charged with unlawful fleeing of a police officer and numerous traffic violations.

Both men were arraigned Sunday afternoon in Yonkers City Court and remanded to Yonkers City Jail, officials said.

Eric Nazario, a member of the Brooklyn-based 300 MC motorcycle club, said the bikers were headed back to Brooklyn on Saturday night after a barbecue in the Woodbury Commons area. Reached by phone, Nazario said he got a call from a friend Sunday morning about the arrests, but he didn't have details.

Nazario said he had no information about a fatality. He said one club member was unaccounted for Sunday morning.

"We get harassed by the police all the time," Nazario told Newsday.

Miller was taken to Westchester Medical Center, where he remained early Sunday afternoon. He was charged with reckless speeding, resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer, police said.

Other charges are expected to be filed, State Police said.

Yonkers police declined to comment on the crash or the condition of the law enforcement officer whose car was hit.

Reporter Meghan E. Murphy contributed to this report.

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