Fatal Airport Road Crash Captured by Home Video System
A video recording shows the sequence of events that resulted in the death of a man who was driving a dirt bike that slammed into a parked van in the Town of Union.
Authorities say 24-year-old Cameron Fortner died after crashing into the vehicle on Airport Road Tuesday night.
Broome County sheriff's deputies had been called to investigate complaints of minibikes and off-road motorcycles were being operated in the area.
Investigators say a nearby resident - 48-year-old John Hughes - is accused of throwing a shovel toward Fortner as he drove past. After Fortner swerved, the dirt bike crashed into a full-size van that was parked on the side of the road.
Captain Kathleen Newcomb of the sheriff's office said the bike was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of impact.
Newcomb said the entire incident was captured on a home video surveillance system. Investigators have reviewed the recording.
Fortner was pronounced dead at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City. Hughes has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
Newcomb said it had not been determined whether Fortner had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.
An autopsy was being performed at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton Wednesday afternoon.
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