Bronx Biker Dies in Bear Mountain Parkway Accident in Cortlandt

The man reportedly crossed the yellow line and struck a minivan.

 A Bronx man riding his motorcycle east on the Bear Mountain State Parkway was killed Sunday night after colliding with a minivan, according to The Journal News’ Lee Higgins.

The 47-year-old man, James Parker, reportedly crossed the double-yellow line on the Bear Mountain Parkway near the Route 6 exit in Cortlandt around 8 p.m. Sunday and struck the van head-on, which threw him from his motorcycle. He was brought to the Hudson Valley Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The passengers and drivers in the van, Elizabeth Santos, Antonia Fisher and a 15-year-old girl, all of Cortlandt, were taken to Westchester Medical Center with minor injuries, the Journal News reports.

This is the second fatality on the Bear Mountain Parkway in Cortlandt in the last seven months, and the fourth fatality among hundreds of accidents in the last 11 years. Parker's death comes just two weeks after the Town of Cortlandt demanding a barrier between east and westbound lanes on the state-owned parkway.

The family of a 27-year-old who died in a car crash where a driver swerved into the opposite lane last December, joined the Town, explaining they wanted to help get a barrier on the parkway before “someone else dies.”

The Town is lobbying the State Department of Transportation to install the barrier, since it is a state-owned road. Following Barnes’ accident in December, a spokeswoman for the DOT said the state was unlikely to install a barrier because it lacks the manpower, equipment and funding to do so.  

Have you signed the petition for a barrier on the Bear Mountain Parkway? Why or why not?  

Big Tom NYC July 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I grew up in Throggs Neck, Know James well. Always smiling, always so full of life. A positive person that made everyone around hime feel comfortable. I know his brother Harold and his Mother are heartbroken. The entire family is in my prayers. NYSDOT needs to step up. Carole, I'm sorry for your loss as well. I know the road well, having used it many time over the last 25 years to visit family. Re-thinking and redesigning the road WILL save lives. There will always be accidents when humans are involved. Lets start with a barrier down the middle, then think long term redesign. The state needs to provide a safe roadway to help mitigate human error.
William Springer July 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
unfortunely my cousin was killed in this manner,my cousin james will never be forgoton
Brians Automotive Inc July 15, 2012 at 02:37 AM
The road has design faults on the curves it does need to be addressed. As a parent of one of the first responders to accidents on that road, prayers to all count this family in to make it safer
E.Springer July 16, 2012 at 06:58 AM
We sent him Home Today in a Beautiful Fashion!!! Thanks to all of the family, dear friends and his coworkers that came out!!! Ray, Cito and the other Brothers from james job i consider all of yall Family. Rip James" Ice" Parker!! I will always Carry you with me..... Always... I Love U!!!! Ur brother, Eric...
K-Love July 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM
James meant so much to so many. He will be missed and he will never be forgotten.


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