State police have released the name of the victim of Sunday's fatal motorcycle crash in Lewis County.
He's identified as 24 year old Kyle Riesel of Lyons Falls.
Police said the cause and manner of death remain pending.
What follows is our earlier report:
Lewis County emergency officials say rescue workers who responded to Sunday's fatal motorcycle crash in the town of Watson will be offered counseling because of the severity of the accident.
In the meantime, state police say they're waiting for the results of an autopsy before releasing the identity of the man who died when his motorcycle crashed head-on with a pickup truck.
Troopers say they're in the process of notifying the next of kin. A Lewis County medical examiner is expected to perform the autopsy Monday.
The accident happened on the Pine Grove Road shortly after 11 a.m. The road was closed for about four hours.
Police say 70 year old Floyd Farney of Lowville was driving his pickup truck when the motorcycle crested a hill heading toward him in his lane.
"Over that hill in his lane came this motorcycle in a southerly direction. Mr. Farney was able to take an immediate reaction to his right in an effort to avoid any potential collision. And unable to do so -- the collision occurred entirely within the northbound lane of travel," said state police senior investigator Mike Pastuf.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
Farney and his wife, who was riding with him in the truck, were taken to the Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville for a checkup.
Brian Hoch, who lives nearby, says he heard the accident when it happened.
"I had just sat down to get my morning coffee and I heard it go by," he said. "Sounded like it was a pretty extreme speed when he came by. And then I heard the hit. It sounded like a gun going off."
It's a scene Hoch says he'll never forget. "I'm a biker myself. So I mean you always think of your brother on the road. And to lose another person, or lose a life, is heart-wrenching."
Troopers are continuing to investigate and say they don't expect to file charges.
Friday, July 31, 2015, Watertown, NY
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