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Police: Motorcycle Chase from Tappan Zee Bridge Ends in 3 Crashes, Fatality

Motorcyclist killed in crash with police car; state trooper, Yonkers police officers assaulted.

One motorcyclist is dead after a crash with a police car and three others have been arrested from a chase that started on the Tappan Zee Bridge and ended in Yonkers.

Police said a state trooper was assaulted on the bridge and four Yonkers police officers were injured while making one of the arrests.

The identity of the dead man has not yet been released by police.

Arrested by Yonkers police were:

  • Dennis Norwood, 51, of 228 Livingston Ave. He is accused of Assault 2nd degree, Resisting Arrest, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, and he was issued numerous Vehicle and Traffic violations.
  • Kenneth Hammond, 49, of 415 Loomis Street in Elizabeth, NJ. He was charged with Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer and he was issued numerous Vehicle and Traffic violations.  

Arrested by State Police was:

- Hassan Miller, 46, of Leroy, NY, who was charged with assault on an officer, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, illegal possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. Miller was being held pending a arraignment in Greenburgh Town Court. He is accused of hitting a state trooper in the head.

Police said the incident began at the Tappan Zee Bridge, where a group of motorcyclists was stopped. Yonkers police said they were alerted at 10:35 p.m. Saturday that the trooper involved in the stop was assaulted. A pursuit, also involving Westchester County Police, traveled through various communities, eventually entering the City of Yonkers on North Broadway. 

Yonkers police spotted three different motorcyclists traveling southbound on North Broadway at a high rate of speed. One of the motorcyclists lost control in the area of North Broadway and Executive Boulevard, causing the motorcycle to fall to the ground.

The operator of the motorcycle, later identified as Dennis Norwood, immediately stood up and officers ordered him to the ground. Norwood, police said, then took a fighting stance with his fists raised in the air. Yonkers officers then became involved in a physical struggle with Norwood, and he was eventually handcuffed with the assistance of additional officers, police said. 

Four Yonkers officers were injured during this arrest. 

A second motorcyclist, later identified as Kenneth Hammond, lost control of his motorcycle in the area of 919 N. Broadway, subsequently falling to the ground.  He was taken into custody by Yonkers officers without incident.

A third motorcyclist fleeing the scene became involved in an accident with a marked Yonkers Police patrol car in the area of North Broadway and Lake Avenue.  The drivers of this motorcycle was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The four Yonkers officers injured during this incident were placed off duty.  Accident investigators were called to the scene and the circumstances of the fatal accident are being investigated by the Internal Affairs Division.

The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office was also notified and an Assistant District Attorney responded to the scene.

Norwood and Hammond were awaiting arraignment in Yonkers City Court.

Walden Macnair September 08, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Jack, Why would you think that this moron was riding a Harley. I live near the Bear Mountain Parkway that gets a lot of bikers and I found that the Harley riders are a lot more responsible than the guys on rice burners but I wouldn't condemn either as a group. This article is about a group of morons who shouldn't be on the road at all. One will never be again and the others should all have their licenses revoked for life.
Ross Revira September 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Congratulations to the police officers in arresting these idiots. I concur that the "Motorcycle Ninjas" (I don't mean the model of the bike) can be a menace on the road. Speaking as a Harley rider it is not how fast you go but how you look and sound.
Bignik735 September 21, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Wow as I read the comments, there are always 3 sides to a story. But 2 things we know for sure, 1) the dead biker isn't here to defend himself and 2) we will never know the truth.
RealTimeRufus September 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Stupidity. "No angel born in hell can break that Satan spell" - I think Don McLean said that. Billy Joel used to ride through Bedford-Stuy alone.
joe September 21, 2012 at 05:53 PM
He even "rode his motorcycle in the rain".

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