2017-05-24 / Front Page

Motorcyclist Faces Four Years In Bizarre Crash

By Liz Goff
A Jackson Heights man crashed his motorcycle on a Woodside street on May 13, and left his critically injured passenger bleeding on the street as he fled the scene, police said.

Cops said Luis Ortega, 24, was speeding on his yellow and black Yamaha at about 4:15 a.m. on May 13 when he lost control and fell off the bike.

Ortega’s passenger was thrown off the motorcycle and slammed into a yellow cab that was waiting for a red light at Broadway and 62nd Street, police said.

Ortega fled the scene, leaving his 24-year-old passenger on the street, police said. The unidentified passenger was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center with massive injuries, where he was listed in critical condition.

The cab driver was not injured, fire officials said.

Ortega was arrested hours later, after police tracked him down through the motorcycle registration. He was charged with driving an unregistered motorcycle without a license or insurance, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident at his arraignment at

Queens Criminal Court, where he was held in lieu of $10,000 jail. Ortega could face up to four years in prison, if convicted.

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