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State police identify victim of Sunday’s motorcycle accident in Watson

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WATSON — State police identified the man who died in Sunday’s motorcycle accident on Pine Grove Road as Kyle L. Riesel, 24, of Lyons Falls.

State police continue to investigate the accident that occurred at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Mr. Riesel died when his 2008 Honda motorcycle crossed into the opposite lane and hit an oncoming pickup truck being driven by Floyd E. Farney, 70, Lowville.

Mr. Riesel was ejected and landed on the west side of the roadway, troopers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lewis County Coroner Leanne K. Moser, who is also the county district attorney. Police said Mr. Farney saw the motorcycle while approaching the crest of a hill and took evasive action but was unable to avoid the collision. He and his passengers were not injured.

No criminal charges are anticipated, police said.

Results from an autopsy conducted Monday were not available.

Mr. Riesel is the fifth person to die in a motorcycle accident in the three-county area since July 1. According to state Department of Motor Vehicles data, the same number of people died in motorcycle accidents in 2011, the most recent statistic available.

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