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Two Dead After Motorcycle Collides With Car In Queens

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A man and a woman are dead, after officials say a motorcycle collided with a car in the Ditmars section of Queens Saturday afternoon. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.

Just steps away from where their loved ones lay dead, family members and friends mourned.

The horrific scene unfolded around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at 20th Avenue and 24th Street in the Ditmars section of Queens.

Police say a motorcycle carrying two people collided with a blue SUV.

"We just heard a very loud explosion," said witness Aubrey Carbonell.

According to officials, the man and the woman on the motorcycle were thrown off the bike upon collision, and died at the scene.

"I'm shaken up," Carbonell said. "The girl was on the sidewalk slumped over, and then I saw the man afterwards. He was laying in the street."

Investigators say a 56-year-old woman was driving the SUV westbound on 20th Avenue, when she made a U-turn onto 24th Street.

At that moment, officials say the motorcycle, which was traveling east on 20th Avenue, hit the passenger side of the SUV.

The driver of the motorcycle was 32-years-old.  

"I knew him from the neighborhood, always used to see him riding his bike, and now he's gone, you know, it's sad," said Teddy Kontis, a friend of the victim.

John Morales, a neighbor of both victims, and was at a loss for words.  

"It's terrible, I mean they're two young kids. They're no more than 30-years-old," Morales said.

"My hearts going so fast," said Ann Hewitt, who lived next door to the male victim.

Hewitt identified the driver of the motorcycle as Michael Hernandez. She says she spoke with his mother, who she's known for decades. 

"You don't know what to say," Hewitt said. "I love you, and I'm here for you."

Meanwhile, the 56-year-old driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital, where she is in stable condition.  

"The woman who was driving the Jeep, she was very shaken up. They took her to the hospital," Carbonell said.

Family members consoled one another, as they looked at the smashed SUV, the split motorcycle and the debris.

Officials have not released the identity of the female passenger on the motorcycle. 

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