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Hempstead man dies after losing control of motorcycle, cops say

Police at the scene of a fatal accident

Police at the scene of a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a box truck on the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx on July 3, 2017. Credit: Theodore Parisienne

A Hempstead man died Monday morning after he lost control of his motorcycle and was hit by a box truck in the Bronx, the NYPD said.

Police said Monday that Nathan Oates, 55, was traveling north on the Bruckner Expressway just before 9 a.m. when he was thrown from his motorcycle. A man, 47, driving a 2014 box truck northbound in the center lane hit Oates, according to police.

Officers found Oates lying on the pavement, unconscious and with head trauma, police said. He was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where the NYPD said he was pronounced dead.

No charges were filed against the truck driver.

Oates’ license had been revoked because he had more than 130 suspensions.

Four years ago, Newsday reported on Oates’ arrest on a charge of felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle when State Police stopped him for allegedly failing to signal on the Southern State Parkway in Elmont. State Police at the time said he had 134 suspensions, including for ignoring 28 court dates to address the problem.

Oates’ family members couldn’t be reached for comment.

With Deon J. Hampton

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