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Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With Minivan On Houston Street

'Blood, Motorcycle Pieces Everywhere' At Scene, Witness Says
An FDNY ambulance (Photo: CBS 2)

An FDNY ambulance (Photo: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A biker was killed Wednesday afternoon in a violent crash on Houston Street, on the northern edge of SoHo.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, it was a gruesome scene at the intersection of Houston Street and West Broadway following the accident around 4:20 p.m.

The biker had been headed east on Houston Street upon striking the minivan, which was headed across Houston Street from northbound West Broadway, according to a New York Post report.

“A body on the ground; blood, motorcycle pieces everywhere,” said a witness, Diane, who works at a nearby restaurant. “All I heard was a really loud crash.”

Police identified the victim as Larry Olavarria, 32, of Clifton, N.J. Authorities said the motorcycle and a minivan collided. The van’s rear driver’s side door caved in, and a window was blown out, police said.

Another witness, Gene, said he heard the motorcycle engine rev, and he described the impact as sounding like a bomb.

“He hit the throttle – you could tell – and he went flying right in, flat face,” he said.

The motorcyclist’s lifeless body was covered with a white sheet, with a boot and a helmet strewn across the intersection.

The motorcyclist had not been identified Wednesday night. The newspaper said the driver of the minivan, a Chrysler with license plates from New Jersey, was not injured.

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