Motorcyclist dies after fatal collision in Astoria

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A motorcyclist died after colliding with a minivan in Astoria on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Officers from the 114th Precinct responded to a call regarding the collision at the intersection of 33rd Street and 24th Avenue at approximately 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night and found 27-year-old Mariano Canales, of 58th Street, laying in the road with trauma to his body.

EMS arrived at the scene and transported Canales to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation by the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad determined that Canales was traveling eastbound on 24th Avenue while operating a 2020 Yamaha Chappy Scooter. He was approaching the intersection at 33rd Street — with no traffic signal — when he struck a white 2005 Chrysler Town & Country, police said.

The minivan, operated by a 73-year-old man, was traveling southbound on 33rd Street before stopping at a stop sign and entering the intersection when Canales struck the passenger side front door of the vehicle, according to the investigation.

The driver of the minivan remained on the scene and was not injured, police said.

There have been no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing.