Motorcyclist killed in crash on Southern State Parkway at Exit 17

A fatal accident involving a motorcycle shut down

A fatal accident involving a motorcycle shut down the westbound Southern State Parkway between exits 17 and exit 18 around 4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014. (Credit: Lou Minutoli)

A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a van on the Southern State Parkway near West Hempstead on Saturday afternoon, New York State Police said.

The crash occurred at 4:33 p.m., when the motorcyclist crested a hill between Exits 17 and 18 while traveling east and slammed into the back of a van in stop-and-go traffic, police said.

The motorcyclist, whom police did not identify, died at the scene.

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Nobody in the van was injured, police said.

Eastbound lanes on the Southern State Parkway were closed for several hours as police investigated the crash.

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