Cheektowaga man killed in local motorcycle crash

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police vehicles clustered around a fatal motorcycle accident on Genesee St. in Cheektowaga Thursday morning.

The incident happened near Rein Rd. around 6 a.m. and closed off the right lanes of Genesee eastbound in that area for about five hours.IMG_20160616_072005818

After News 4 cameras captured a body bag being taken from the scene, Cheektowaga Police confirmed the crash victim to be 25-year-old Andrew Berghold, a resident of the town and former resident of Depew.

The motorcycle involved was seen in some tall grass off the road.

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Police say the motorcyclist failed to negotiate the curve, and struck a pole. Authorities are still piecing together the incident and think speed may have been a factor according to witness statements.

Assistant Chief Jim Speyer, with the Cheektowaga Police Department, said, “It looks as if he was traveling at a high rate of speed, it’s just a single vehicle accident, there were no other vehicles involved, so apparently he was traveling at a speed he couldn’t handle.”

With any fatal accident, as standard procedure, police will also be looking into whether or not drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash. A toxicology test will be conducted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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