Motorcyclist, pedestrian killed in NJ crash

May 10, 2009 11:41:14 AM PDT
A motorcyclist who authorities say was speeding down a Trenton street hit an elderly pedestrian and then crashed into a pole, leaving both men dead. Police spokesman Pedro Medina said 49-year-old Gary Aust of Fairless Hills, Pa. had just left a city bar when he struck Russell W. Rackinson, an 86-year-old Trenton resident, around 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Rackinson died instantly at the scene, while Aust was taken to the Capital Health System at Fuld Hospital in Trenton, where died about three hours later. Witnesses said Aust was thrown into the street after the motorcycle struck the utility pole.

Medina said it appears that alcohol played a major role in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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