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Motorcyclist killed on LIE in Ronkonkoma, cops say

Scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on the

Scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on the westbound Long Island Expressway between exits 61-60 in Ronkonkoma, Sunday night. Credit: Christopher Sabella

An upstate man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a Jeep on the westbound Long Island Expressway late Sunday night in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County Police said.

Police said Scott Dawes, Jr., 27, of Franklin, in the Catskills region, was riding his 2017 Harley-Davidson in the right lane of the LIE when he struck the rear of a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee near Exit 60, Ronkonkoma Avenue, at about 10:40 p.m.

Police said as a result of the collision Dawes was "ejected into the HOV lane" where he was struck by a 2012 Honda.

Dawes was pronounced dead at the scene by EMTs in an ambulance crew from the Ronkonkoma Fire Department, police said.

Police said neither of the other drivers was injured.

The accident closed the westbound LIE for hours between Exit 61 and Exit 60.

The incident was the second fatal motorcycle accident in Suffolk in a 25-hour span, with a 43-year-old East Northport man, Lavell Jones, killedwhen police said he lost control of his 2021 Kawasaki and crashed into a pole on westbound Jericho Turnpike, east of Elwood Road, at 9:53 p.m. Saturday.

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