Motorcyclist Dies in High-Speed, Head-On Crash on Bear Mountain Parkway
CORTLANDT, N.Y. - The motorcyclist who died after a head-on collision with an SUV on the Bear Mountain Parkway Sunday has been identified as Chris Ulacco.
Police and fire personnel found Ulacco lying on the road unconcious. He was driving east at 95 miles per hour when he veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a white GMC sport utility vehicle (SUV), police said. A 2012 Honda Civic driving west also hit the SUV from behind and police believe it made impact before the motorcycle. However, it is unclear which crash happened first, Tim Miller, an investigator with the state police, said.
Life saving measures were taken at the scene of the accident just past the Route 6 junction before Ulacco was taken to Hudson Valley Hospital.
The drivers of the SUV and Honda sustained minor injuries and were also taken to the hospital. While the SUV was badly damaged, Ulacco’s motorcycle was “demolished,” Miller said. The parkway was littered with auto parts and other debris from the crash. The white SUV had major front-end damage. Its front, driver’s side tire was ripped off and could be seen under the back portion of the car, which was also damaged from the rear-end collision. Another smaller tire was in the road about 20 feet behind the SUV.
Witnesses at the scene told police there was another motorcyclist riding with Ulacco. Miller said police are asking anyone with information on the other driver to contact them at 914-737-7171 and ask for Miller.
After the fatal crash Sunday, Ulacco’s sister, Jennifer Bashant Kaiser, signed into Facebook under his account Sunday night to let people know what happened. She was one of many to comment on the Fulgum’s Bar Facebook page sharing their condolences for Ulacco, who was a regular there, according to friends. The post read:
“We all are saddened by the passing of our good friend Chris Ulacco. Chris was just a great guy who will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him. I personally will miss Chris very much. Good friends like Chris are hard to find.”
A bartender at Fulgum’s, in Montrose, said Ulacco was a regular there on Sundays, and that he knew the manager very well.
Ulacco was from Montrose and lived in Wappingers in Dutchess County and worked in construction as a “union tin knocker”, according to Manny Basso, who said he and Chris had been going on motorcycle rides together every weekend for years. They would often ride to Annsville Circle in Peekskill, where Basso said he believed Ulacco was driving to when he crashed Sunday afternoon.
“He was the type of guy that didn’t hold out on the truth and told it like it was, but was the nicest guy and would take his jacket off for anyone and not expect anything in return,” Basso, of Poughkeepsie, told the Hudson Valley Reporter.
The accident shut down the Bear Mountain Parkway from the time of the crash around 12:50 p.m. until just before 6 p.m. Sunday. The roadway was closed between East Main Street in Cortlandt and Carhart Avenue in Peekskill.
The New York State Police and the Lake Mohegan Fire Department responded to the incident.